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Majority of Spaniards want referendum on monarchy: Poll

Published on Jun 8, 2014 5:41 PM
 
People shout slogans against the monarchy as they hold placards that read "Real transition, without a king" at Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol square during an anti-monarchy demonstration June 7, 2014. The majority of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy, according to a poll published on Sunday, less than a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - The majority of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy, according to a poll published on Sunday, less than a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son.

Nearly two-thirds, 62 percent, believe a referendum should be held "at some point" to decide whether Spain should continue to have a monarchy, the survey in centre-left daily newspaper El Pais showed.

Within hours of the 76-year-old king's announcement on June 2 that he was abdicating in favour of his son, thousands of people massed in central Madrid and other cities to demand a referendum on the monarchy.

Thousands took to the streets again on Saturday, calling for a popular vote on the issue.

 
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