Spain sets Felipe on path to throne despite protests

June 3, 2014 2:03 PM

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MADRID: Spain set its future King Felipe VI on the path to the throne Tuesday, launching an unprecedented handover of the crown in the face of anti-royalist protests.

One day after 76-year-old King Juan Carlos declared an end to a four-decade reign that guided Spain from dictatorship to democracy, the government met to ponder the first succession in post-Franco history.

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