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Spanish PM says monarchy vote flouts constitution

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:31 PM
 
Spanish Prime minister Mariano Rajoy announces the abdication of Spain's King Juan Carlos on June 2, 2014 in Madrid. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, that a referendum on the future of the monarchy, demanded by anti-royalists after King Juan Carlos announced his abdication, would require a change to the constitution. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Tuesday that a referendum on the future of the monarchy, demanded by anti-royalists after King Juan Carlos announced his abdication, would require a change to the constitution.

Hours after 76-year-old Juan Carlos said on Monday he was handing over the crown to his more popular son Crown Prince Felipe, thousands of protesters filled Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square calling for a vote on the monarchy itself.

Republican sentiment remains widespread in Spain, which only restored the monarchy in 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco, who had ruled for four decades.

"I think the monarchy has the support of the great majority in Spain," Rajoy said when asked about calls for a referendum on the monarchy during a conference in Madrid.

 
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