Spain's Crown Prince Felipe with his father King Juan Carlos. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Spain's Prince Felipe will probably succeed his father Juan
Carlos as king after June 18, parliament speaker Jesus Posada
said, a day after the long-reigning monarch announced he
Juan Carlos said on Monday he would hand over the throne to
Felipe in a move aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-hit
Spanish monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing
discontent with the wider political elite.
Spain does not have precise rules regulating abdication and
succession and the transition is set to be accomplished via
legislation in parliament after the cabinet passed a
two-point bill to lawmakers earlier on Tuesday.
The lower house of parliament will vote on the bill, which
both the governing conservative People's Party and the
opposition Socialists have said they would back, on June 11,
after which it must be passed to the upper house, or Senate.
"We will see, but I believe that everything should be sorted
out by June 18 so that the solemn proclamation can take place
before the chambers (parliament and senate)," Posada said.
An official date for the coronation has still to be set.
The once-popular Juan Carlos, 76, who spent almost 40 years
on the throne, helped smooth Spain's transition to democracy
in the 1970s after the Francisco Franco dictatorship but
seemed increasingly out of touch in recent years.
A corruption scandal in the family and his visible infirmity
after repeated surgery in recent years have also eroded
public support for Juan Carlos. Polls show greater support
for Felipe, 46, who has not been tarnished by the corruption