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Pedro Sánchez swears office of President of the Spanish Government

by Ace Damon
Pedro Sánchez swears office of President of the Spanish Government

The leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, swore on Wednesday (8) the position of president of the Spanish government. He was elected yesterday by Congress with a two-vote difference, the smallest in the country's recent history.

In a brief ceremony, Sánchez swore his office for the second time in history before the Constitution, without religious symbols, and before King Felipe VI, the Mayors of the Legislative Chambers, Pilar Llop Cuenca and Meritxell Batet, and the Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado .

The king joked with Sánchez after the ceremony and commented that the oath "was quick, simple and painless." Philip VI added that "the pain comes later", provoking the laughter of the president, who admitted to the monarch: "We gave them many concerns."

Sánchez had been president of the Spanish government for just over eight months, since last April and subsequent November elections. He was elected in a second vote on Tuesday with a simple majority after failing to win an absolute majority on Sunday.

The PSOE leader finally gained the confidence of the Congress of Deputies with 167 votes in favor, 165 against and 18 abstentions, coming from two pro-independence groups, the Catalan ERC and EH-Bildu Basque.

Today's ceremony marks the beginning of the 14th Spanish legislature since the establishment of democracy in 1978, and the first in democratic history to be formed by a government coalition formed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left United Somos (UP).

Sanchez announced after the plenary vote that his cabinet would be nominated next week.

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