The new spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, declared his atheism four years ago.
He said: "I am an atheist, and I think that religion should not be in schools, it must be in churches. Schools should educate in citizenship, not in religious beliefs. That's for the private sector."
Things are going to be very difficult for him now, and he won't be able to change anything about this in the next months, but at least we can say that we have an openly atheist president. It feels great!
Times are clearly difficult in Spain at the moment: what plans does Sanchez have and does he have enough support?
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Mr Sánchez, who is an atheist, took the oath to protect the constitution without a bible or crucifix - a first in Spain's modern history.
He plans to see out the remaining two years of the parliamentary term.
The Socialist leader won the support of six other parties to remove Mr Rajoy over a massive corruption scandal.
I think he has 84 out of 350 deputies (seats) in the house (so 24%) and is hoping for support from Catalan and Basque nationalist parties.
Thanks to Manel and friends there is now a humanist as well as an atheist organisation in Spain. Apparently there are a number of humanist orgs in Spain but they are usually formed by Brits.
Spanish news in English...
It is interesting to note that the Monarch is head of the Spanish state but there is a 'President of the Government'...
..sometimes misleadingly called "the Spanish President", is the first minister and is elected by the Congress of Deputies. He is informally but internationally and commonly referred to as the "Prime Minister". The current holder is Pedro Sánchez. He appoints a number of vice-presidents ordered numerically according to rank and responsible for their respective major ministries such as Finance, Foreign affairs, Domestic administration, etc.