Madrid: Spain’s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, a day after ousting Mariano Rajoy in a historic no-confidence vote sparked by fury over corruption woes afflicting the conservative leader’s party.
The socialist came to power at a ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid presided over by the country’s King Felipe VI.
Minutes afterwards, the new Catalonian government was also sworn in with leader Quim Torra saying he is committed to independence and wanted discuss it with the new prime minister.
On Friday, Mr Sanchez successfully persuaded Spanish MPs to back a move to remove the former head of government in the wake of a corruption scandal.
The no-confidence vote came after 29 former members of Mr Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party were convicted of corruption last week.
Although the parliament voted 180-169 on Friday to replace Mr Rajoy’s government with one led by Mr Sanchez, the Socialists have just 84 seats in the 350-seat parliament.
It will mean his minority government has to be propped up by a disparate group of parties with minority interests, including the far-left Podemos party, Basque nationalists and Catalan separatists.