June 1, 2018 / 9:38 AM / 19 days ago

Socialist Sanchez becomes Spain PM after Rajoy voted out in no-confidence motion

MADRID, June 1 (Reuters) - The leader of Spanish Socialist party Pedro Sanchez became prime minister on Friday after centre-right Mariano Rajoy was voted out of office in a closely fought no-confidence motion triggered by a long-running corruption trial.

The motion, called by Sanchez, won 180 votes for, 169 against and 1 abstention.

Sanchez is expected to take office by Monday and his cabinet appointed next week. (Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Julien Toyer)

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