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Spain's new king Felipe VI to assign duties to his father

IANS 06 Jun 2014, 8:17:33 AM IST
Madrid: The future King of Spain Felipe VI will assign new tasks to the King of Spain Juan Carlos I, his father, sources in the Spanish royal house reported on Thursday.

A spokesperson from the royal house said that after the abdication of King Juan Carlos Monday, the future king of Spain Felipe VI was in charge of assigning tasks to his father, Xinhua reported.

The spokesperson added that it would be interesting to use the experience of Juan Carlos when it comes to relationships with international leaders.

The future king of the country has also to define the tasks of the current Queen Sofia.

According to the royal house King Juan Carlos does not want to use any title of nobility so he would not be Count of Barcelona.

Prince Felipe will become king after the law on his father's abdication, which will be discussed at the Spanish parliament June 11, is passed. Once approved, the current prince will explain his new ideas for his reign as the new king of Spain.

Meanwhile, part of the Spanish society continues to call a referendum on the monarchy or republic.

The main opposition party, the Socialist Party, will discuss this issue in a meeting. The leader, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba had said that the party had a commitment to the coexistence and consensus that exists within the Spanish constitution and wished the future King of Spain Felipe the greatest success as the head of state.

However, some members of the party have also asked for a referendum, along with another two Left-wing parties, Izquierda Unida and Podemos.