The new prime minister will have an even weaker minority government than his predecessor, but won’t be in a hurry to call elections.
- Diego Torres
MADRID — Mariano Rajoy is out. Pedro Sánchez is in. Welcome to a new era in Spain.
Sánchez, leader of the Socialists, won enough backing in parliament on Friday for a motion of no confidence in Rajoy, shortly after a court ruling in a graft scandalinvolving former officials from the prime minister’s Popular Party.
It was a fast, hostile political operation aimed at Rajoy’s fragile minority government — and it worked.
Sánchez managed to assemble an unlikely coalition — labeled “Frankenstein” by rivals — with the far-left Podemos, two…