Sanchez became prime minister with only 84 seats in the 350-member assembly. (Emilio Naranjo/Pool Photo via AP)
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Spanish socialist Pedro Sanchez was catapulted to power Friday, taking over as prime minister from veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in the wake of a corruption scandal.Sanchez, who became prime minister with only 84 seats for his Socialists in the 350-member assembly thanks to support from the hard-left Podemos and smaller nationalist parties, said he intends to steer the country through to mid-2020 when the parliamentary term ends.Spain's stock market rose after the parliamentary vote, to trade nearly 2 percent higher at Thursday's close, while the country's borrowing costs fell, soothed by Sanchez's commitment to respecting a fiscally conservative budget passed by Rajoy.The hard-left party seems unlikely to gain major influence over Sanchez, who is keen to win back centrist voters.Sanchez, who is expected to be sworn in by Monday and appoint his Cabinet next week, has promised to start talks with the Catalans but has said he will not give the region an independence referendum.
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