The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party, Pedro Sánchez, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Spain before King Felipe at Zarzuela Palace shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday morning in a simple ceremony.
Mr. Sánchez swore his oath—a non-religious promise to uphold the Spanish Constitution—and the lack of a Bible and a cross at the ceremony were the aspect most remarked upon by Spanish political commentators.
Today was the first time those elements had been absent at the swearing in of a Spanish Prime Minister.
Spain is a non-confessional state, where no confession is the official state religion but where the Roman Catholicism receives a special mention in the Constitution, which describes the importance of maintaining "cooperative relations" with the Catholic Church.
The ceremony was also attended by the outgoing Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (PP), the Speakers of Congress, Ana Pastor (PP), and the Senate, Pío García Escudero, and the outgoing Minister of Justice, Rafael Català (PP).
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