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Jun 1, 2018 | 13:25 GMT

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Spain: Prime Minister Ousted in Vote of No Confidence

What Happened: The Spanish parliament dismissed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a vote of no confidence on June 1, the Financial Times reported. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, who filed the no-confidence motion, will immediately become prime minister.

Why It Matters: The new Spanish government will likely be very fragile and may hold early elections, which are scheduled for 2020.

Background: The Socialists, Spain's main opposition party, proposed the no-confidence vote after a court convicted several people who were linked to Rajoy's party of corruption. Spain has been engulfed in a political crisis between Catalonia and the federal government.

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