Leader of the Spanish Socialist Party PSOE, Pedro Sanchez arrives for a debate on a no-confidence motion tabled by his party at the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid on June 01, 2018. (AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU)
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Spain's center-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was set to be voted out of office on Friday and replaced by a Socialist, in a no-confidence motion triggered by a long-running corruption trial involving members of his party.The Basque Nationalist Party, whose five seats were key to Sanchez securing enough parliamentary backing, withdrew support from Rajoy after dozens of people linked to his center-right People's Party (PP) were sentenced to decades in jail in a corruption trial.Two Catalan pro-independence parties as well as leftist Podemos also said they would back Sanchez. After the vote, Sanchez is expected to be sworn at the weekend and his cabinet appointed next week. However, with only 84 seats in the 350-seat parliament, his government will struggle to pass legislation.
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