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Spain’s King Juan Carlos to abdicate in favor of son, Prime Minister announces

Published June 02, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Gplus0 FILE – In this file photo from April 12, 2009, Spanish King Juan Carlos, waves after attending an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (AP) Spain’s King Juan Carlos is to abdicate, paving the way for his son to take over, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the country Monday in an announcement broadcast nationwide. He 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 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe’s assumption of power. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Juan Carlos, 76, has been on the throne since 1975 and oversaw…