The leader of Spain’s Socialist Party Pedro Sánchez took over as prime minister early on June 1 immediately after his predecessor, Mariano Rajoy, was toppled following a no-confidence vote that was brought on by a wide-ranging corruption scandal that involved several members of the centre-right Popular Party and who had close ties to Rajoy.

Rajoy lost the no-confidence vote by a 180-to-169 margin, with one abstention. After several days of deliberations, the opposition managed to pull togethe...

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