Spanish People Debate Post-Juan Carlos Future In Light of King’s Abdication Of The Throne

Mathew Turner - Author

Nov. 23 2017, Updated 4:00 a.m. ET

King Juan Carlos of Spain spent most of the last 40 years on the Spanish throne. According to CNN, the king announced on Monday, however, that he will be stepping down;

“Time to hand over to a new generation — younger, with a lot of energy — that can, with determination, take on and carry out the changes that the current situation demands, and to face with intensity and determination the challenges of tomorrow” stated the monarch in a televised address.

The Inquisitr News tells us that Juan Carlos was named the head of state of Spain two days after the death of Francisco Franco on November 22, 1975.

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At the time, Juan Carlos was the first Monarch to rule over Spain in 31 years; moving Spain into a post-Franco era. The king maintained the support of the older generation; namely those who lived through the Spanish Civil War and Franco era. However, he has been hard pressed to garner support among the younger generation, who have suffered from Spain’s stubborn and deep economic downturn.


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