Spanish MPs back royal succession


Parliament in Spain has backed the abdication of King Juan Carlos and accession of his son Prince Felipe by a large majority, the BBC reports.
The succession had the backing of both the ruling centre-right Popular Party and the opposition Socialist party despite some Socialist misgivings.
Radical leftists in the chamber had demanded a referendum.
Madrid and other cities have seen anti-monarchy rallies since Juan Carlos, 76, announced on 2 June he would step down. He said he was abdicating after nearly 40 years on the throne to make way for a “new generation”.
The government says parliament has to approve the transition as it requires a change in the 1978 constitution.
Referendum campaigners reacted furiously to the vote on Twitter, with the topic “We want to vote” quickly trending.
The bill was passed in Congress by 299 votes in favour to 19 against, and 23 abstentions.
It will now have to be approved by the upper house of parliament, the Senate, which is expected to vote on 17 June. The prince is expected to be proclaimed King Felipe VI on 19 June.