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The Latest: Catalonia to regain self-government on Saturday

June 1, 2018 GMT

              Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, center left, stands with deputies in the parliament after a motion of no confidence vote at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Friday, June 1, 2018. Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won the vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, center left, stands with deputies in the parliament after a motion of no confidence vote at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Friday, June 1, 2018. Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won the vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, center left, stands with deputies in the parliament after a motion of no confidence vote at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Friday, June 1, 2018. Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won the vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on moves to oust Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Catalonia is set to regain its self-government on Saturday, ending a seven-month takeover by central authorities following a bid by separatist leaders to secede from Spain.

The Catalan government said members of new regional president Quim Torra’s administration will be sworn in Saturday. That will mark the end of special controls from Madrid that were imposed on the northeastern region after separatists passed a unilateral declaration of independence in October.

Torra, a fervent separatist, also announced that his government had sued Mariano Rajoy —who on Friday was ousted as prime minister— and his deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, for abuse of power over their blocking of an earlier Cabinet proposal.

Torra’s first proposal included politicians under investigation in pre-trial imprisonment or fighting extradition to Spain from Belgium. The central government approved his second list before Rajoy was ousted.

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2:00 p.m.

Germany says it will offer the new Spanish government “close, trustful cooperation” that befits the friendship between the two countries.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that both countries are important members of the European Union.

Speaking shortly after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lost a confidence vote in Madrid, Seibert praised the economic reforms of the outgoing leader — a conservative ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Seibert said “Rajoy contributed decisively during his time in government to Spain being able to work its way out of the serious economic and financial crisis of its own.”

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1:00 p.m.

Prime Minister-elect Pedro Sanchez is vowing to address the “social urgencies” of Spaniards after years of austerity under the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy.

Sanchez ousted Rajoy on Friday by narrowly winning a no-confidence vote in parliament following corruption convictions linked to the outgoing leader’s Popular Party.

Sanchez told reporters in Madrid that he was “aware of the responsibility and the complex political moment of our country.”

He vowed to build consensus among political parties to “transform and modernize” Spain and “address the social urgencies of many people who suffer precariousness and inequality.”

Sanchez’s appointment needs to be published in Spain’s official gazette before he can be sworn in by King Felipe VI over the coming days.

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12:05 p.m.

Spain’s center-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) party is vowing fierce opposition to the incoming minority Socialist government, urging prime minister-designate Pedro Sanchez to call an early general election.

Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera said the change of government “is not good news for Spain.”

Referring to Mariano Rajoy’s outgoing government, Rivera told reporters on Friday that “we had to censure this government, but not in this way.”

Sanchez won the support of Basque and Catalan nationalist parties to oust Rajoy in a parliamentary vote. Rivera said his party would be “very attentive to the concessions” that are made.

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11:35 a.m.

Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won a vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy.

Sanchez won the no-confidence vote with 180 votes, a slim majority in the 350-seat lower house. There were 169 no votes and one lawmaker abstained.

Rajoy, one of Europe’s longest-serving heads of government, lost the vote following corruption convictions last week involving former members of his conservative Popular Party.

The 46 year-old Sanchez is now the prime minister in waiting. Spain’s King Felipe VI still has to swear him in.

Following the vote, Rajoy went over to Sanchez in the chamber and shook the incoming leader’s hand.

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10:30 a.m.

Mariano Rajoy has told the Spanish parliament that he is proud of his record as prime minister in brief remarks ahead of a no-confidence vote that appears set to give the power to the opposition Socialists.

Rajoy told lawmakers on Friday: “It has been a honor to leave Spain better than I found it. Thank you to all Spaniards and good luck.”

Rajoy’s likely removal follows corruption convictions last week involving former members of his conservative Popular Party.

Backed by a narrow majority in the 350-seat lower house, Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez appears set to become prime minister-designate. The final vote has been called for 0900 GMT.

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9:40 a.m.

Socialist opposition leader Pedro Sanchez is on the brink of ending Mariano Rajoy’s more than six-year reign as Spanish prime minister in what would be the first ouster of a serving leader by parliament in four decades of democracy.

Barring last-minute surprises, a no-confidence vote that would oust Rajoy and make Sanchez prime minister-designate is expected to pass by a narrow majority in parliament’s 350-seat lower house.

Rajoy’s likely removal follows corruption convictions last week involving former members of his conservative Popular Party.

The prime minister wasn’t in the Congress of Deputies on Friday morning when the debate resumed on the motion ahead of a final vote. He didn’t attend Thursday afternoon either, going instead to a central Madrid restaurant with some members of his cabinet.