Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister a day after a vote of no-confidence booted his conservative People’s Party (PP) rival Mariano Rajoy from power.
The country’s new leader will preside over a minority government propped up by the leftist Podemos bloc and other parties, including Basque and Catalan nationalists.
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Before being sworn in by Spain’s King Felipe VI on Saturday, Sanchez vowed to tackle the “social emergencies” experienced by Spaniards after years of austerity measures.
The 46-year-old former professor of Economics has an arduous task ahead of him as he seeks to allay financial market fears about political instability, as well as resolve a bitter dispute with Catalan nationalists, who declared independence after a referendum in 2017.
Source; Al Jazeera News