Abdication doubts loom over Spain's King Juan Carlos
MADRID (AFP) - Once almost taboo, Spaniards are now talking seriously about a possible abdication by 76-year-old King Juan Carlos as he battles a string of health woes and his youngest daughter fights a corruption scandal.
The monarch, widely respected for guiding Spain to democracy after General Francisco Franco's death in 1975, has plunged in the polls as royal scandals accumulate and his own health comes increasingly under question.
"There is no shortage of problems for the Spanish monarchy, they have reason to be worried," said Mr Antonio Torres del Moral, a law lecturer at Spain's Uned university.
"Surely the day that the King abdicates is close," Mr Torres told Agence France-Presse (AFP).