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Pedro Sanchez

Socialist Sanchez takes charge in Spain as tarnished Rajoy departs

MADRID: Spanish socialist Pedro Sanchez was catapulted to power on Friday, taking over as prime minister from veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in the wake of a corruption scandal. Lawmakers stood and cheered in parliament as the untested 46-year-old - a pro-European lawmaker who has never been in government - became the country’s seventh head of government since its return to democracy in the late 1970s. Rajoy’s departure after six years in office may lead to a spell of political…