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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Abdicates Throne

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MADRID (AP) — Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced royal scandals amid the nation’s near financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his son, making way for a “new generation.”

The king told Spaniards in a nationwide address that he first started thinking seriously about giving up the throne when he turned 76 in January.

He said Monday that the 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe is ready for the post and will “open a new era of hope combining his acquired experience and the drive of a new generation.”

The abdication was first announced by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who did not say when the handover would happen because the government must now craft a law creating a legal mechanism for the abdication and for Felipe’s assumption of power.

Juan Carlos has been on the throne for 39 years and was a hero to many for shepherding Spain’s democratic and economic transformation, but has had repeated health problems in recent years.

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5 Comments

  1. Igbeyinadun

    June 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Mama Charlie! na you we dey wait for biko.

  2. missprof

    June 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    For some weird reason, i don’t think mama Charlie wants Charles on that throne and it might have something to do with Camilla. I think she’d rather die than see Camilla declared queen. Who knows.

  3. @edDREAMZ

    June 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Thank God he recognises his old and needs to retire for younger generations….. I wish our old politicians can also do the same, greedy set of individuals…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. Warri Babe

    June 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hhahahha, Mama Charlie won’t do that,ever!!! that woman will not let anybody mix her glory with theirs….62 solid years #commando #respect. I think I agree with missprof on that Camilla ish, also the issue may be with Charles (He’s the older Harry). I prefer William, he’s got the carriage and seems very responsible. Even if Charles gets the opportunity, he may just abdicate, he doesn’t seem to be the ‘strict royal’ type; very jovial and a bit lackadaisical.

  5. stupidityslayer

    June 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Lizzy, when you go make way for Charlie na??? Abi he never reach? We tin concern me sef?

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