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Spain's Senate clears way for future King Felipe VI

Published on Jun 18, 2014 1:19 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Senate voted massively in favour of King Juan Carlos's abdication Tuesday, clearing the path for his son Felipe to take the scandal-tainted crown in the first royal succession of the post-Franco era.

Despite smouldering pro-Republican sentiment, the upper house Senate voted 233-5 in favour of the abdication law, with 20 abstentions.

The law, backed by both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the main opposition Socialists, allows the throne to pass to the future King Felipe VI, a tall, 46-year-old former Olympic yachtsman.

At the head of a new generation of royals, and with his glamorous wife Letizia, 41, a former television presenter, on his arm, the new monarch is riding high in the polls but he faces a formidable task.

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