Spain's King Juan Carlos to abdicate - PM Rajoy

by Reuters
Monday, 2 June 2014 08:47 GMT

MADRID, June 2 (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos will abdicate after almost 40 years on the throne and his son Prince Felipe will succeed him, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday in a surprise announcement.

Once popular Juan Carlos, 76, who helped smooth Spain's transition to democracy in the 1970s after the Francisco Franco dictatorship, has lost public support in recent years due to corruption scandals and

His daughter, Princess Cristina, and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, are under investigation in a corruption case.

The king, whose health is failing and has had a number of hip operations in

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz)

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