Spain’s Rajoy Forced Out, Sánchez Elected Prime Minister

The Socialist Party leader becomes prime minister after Mariano Rajoy loses the support of parliament.

Spanish party leaders Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias meet in Madrid, February 5, 2016
Spanish party leaders Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias meet in Madrid, February 5, 2016 (PSOE)
  • Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has lost a confidence vote in parliament in the wake of a corruption scandal in his conservative party.
  • The Socialist Party’s Pedro Sánchez takes his place with the support of far-left and regionalist parties.
  • The liberal Citizens stand to gain the most from early elections.