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The former Spanish monarch has fled the country following corruption allegations, the country’s royal family has confirmed. The former monarch abdicated from the throne in 2014.

The announcement was made by the Spanish royal family in a statement released this afternoon.The former king said in a letter to his son: “Guided by my conviction, I can offer the best service to the Spaniards, to its institutions and to you as king, I am communicating to you my decision to move away from there. ‘Spain. ”

King Felipe thanked Juan Carlos for his decision, stressing “the historical importance that his father’s reign represents” for democracy in Spain.

He also reaffirmed “the principles and values ​​on which (democracy) is founded in accordance with our Constitution and our legal framework”.

Spanish monarchs enjoy immunity during their reign, but since Juan Carlos abdicated these can be questioned.

In June, the Spanish Supreme Court opened an investigation into the former head of state’s involvement in a high-speed train contract in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Carlos, 82, has repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations.

The former monarch abdicated from the throne in June 2014 after four decades on the throne.

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King Felipe also ended the annual allocation from the Palace of Juan Carlos in March of this year.

However, the fury against the monarchy increases.

Last month, hundreds of furious anti-monarchical protests took to the streets of the Spanish capital of Madrid to demand an end to the monarchy.

Even Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plunged into the scandal, claiming it was a problem “all Spaniards are witnesses”.

The former monarch retired from public life last year, five years after his abdication, to allow his son to take the reins again.

In his letter, the former king said at the time: “It was a solemn act, full of emotion for me, which evoked, with pride and admiration, the memory of the many people who made the political transition. [to democracy] possible and renewed my feeling of permanent gratitude towards the Spanish people, true architect and main protagonist of this transcendental stage of our recent history.

Previously, the monarch had spoken to the head of the royal household Rafael Spottorono about his plans to abdicate.

El Mundo reported it as saying, “I don’t want my son to waste away while waiting like Prince Charles.”

Juan Carlos ascended to the throne in 1975 after the death of General Francisco Franco and was widely respected for his role in helping to guide Spain from dictatorship to democracy.



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