June 1, 2018 / 8:42 AM / 5 months ago

Spain's no confidence motion to be voted at 11:01 am

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s no confidence motion, which will remove Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from office after more than six years at the head of the government, will be voted on at 11:01 am (0901 GMT), Parliament speaker Ana Pastor said on Friday.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy waves as he arrives at Parliament to attend the final day of a motion of no confidence debate in Madrid, Spain, June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

In a brief speech before the house took a break ahead of the vote, Rajoy congratulated Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, who will assume the prime minister position after the no-confidence motion wins an expected absolute majority.

Reporting by Paul Day; Editing Jesus Aguado

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