Spain’s King Juan Carlos steps down


Spain’s King Juan Carlos plans to abdicate and pave the way for his son, Crown Prince Felipe, to become the country’s next king, the nation’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy said today. Juan Carlos, 76, oversaw his country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but has had repeated health problems in recent years. His popularity also dipped following royal scandals, including an elephant-shooting trip he took in the middle of Spain’s financial crisis that tarnished his image. The king came to power in 1975, two days after the death of long-time dictator Francisco Franco. He is the second European monarch to…

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Spain's King Juan Carlos to abdicate in favor of son, Prime Minister announces

Published June 02, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Gplus0 FILE – In this file photo from April 12, 2009, Spanish King Juan Carlos, waves after attending an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (AP) Spain’s King Juan Carlos is to abdicate, paving the way for his son […]