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Spain's new king holds first working meeting with PM

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 - 00:49

June 20 - A day after he is sworn in as Spain's new king, Felipe VI holds his first working meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Spain's new King Felipe VI met the country's Prime Minister on Friday (June 20) in his first working meeting as monarch. Felipe met Mariano Rajoy in the office his father, King Juan Carlos, had previously used for four decades in Zarzuela Palace. King Juan Carlos announced on June 2 his intention to abdicate in favour of his son. Felipe was sworn in as king on Thursday (June 19) in a low-key ceremony in Spain's parliament; seen as fitting for the difficult economic times the country is experiencing. The 46-year-old will hold his first official event as king on Saturday (June 21) with representatives of the associations of victims of terrorism in Madrid. Felipe's first international trip will be to the Vatican where he will meet Pope Francis, according to an interview given by Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo on Spanish broadcaster TVE. King Felipe has remained untouched by a royal corruption scandal, in which his brother-in-law is charged with embezzling millions of euros of public funds in a case that shocked ordinary Spaniards. Juan Carlos also lost favour after going on a secret elephant hunting trip at the height of Spain's financial crisis in 2012. While polls show the decision to hand over to Felipe has boosted the popularity of the royals, almost two thirds now also support the idea of a referendum on whether Spain should continue to be a constitutional monarchy, according to a recent poll by Metroscopia for El Pais newspaper.

Spain's new king holds first working meeting with PM

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 - 00:49

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