MADRID (Sputnik) — Mariano Rajoy, the Popular Party's (PP) leader, took his oath as the country’s prime minister earlier on Monday at Zarzuela Palace.
This was the first time King Felipe VI presided at the oath taking ceremony after becoming the state’s leader in June 2014. Parliament speaker Ana Pastor and acting Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala were present at the ceremony.
Rajoy’s candidacy was upheld by 170 votes, 68 lawmakers abstained from voting and 111 voted against. The second round of voting required a simple majority to grant Rajoy his second term in office.
On Sunday, King Felipe VI signed the royal decree on appointing Rajoy the prime minister.