|Spain: King abdicates for his more popular son|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
MADRID ó King Juan Carlos, who led Spainís transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nationís financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his more popular son so that fresh royal blood can rally the nation.
While the monarchy is largely symbolic, Juan Carlosí surprise decision may hold implications for the burning issue of Catalonia, which is to hold a secession referendum this fall.
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