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Spain's Juan Carlos abdicates: I tried to be 'king for all the people'
Spain's Juan Carlos abdicates: I tried to be 'king for all the people'

After 39 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain announced Monday that he is abdicating in favor of his son, saying it was time to pass the crown on to another generation after a lifetime of service dedicated to his people. “Loyal to the wishes of my father, I have always sought to be a king for all the people,” he said in a prerecorded five-minute video address broadcast throughout Spain. “My only ambition was for the progress of all Spaniards. I want the best for Spain, to which I have dedicated my whole life.” He described his son, 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe, as equal to the task of taking up his mantle. Though the role of king is purely ceremonial,...

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