By shrewdly filing a motion of no confidence in prime minister Mariano Rajoy in the wake of a huge slush-fund scandal, the head of Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party, Pedro Sánchez, succeeded against the odds in toppling the conservative leader and was himself sworn in as the country’s new leader by King Felipe VI.

Spain’s constitution obliges a party that successfully makes such a move to take over. The socialists led by the moderate but ambitious Sánchez occupy fewer than 25% of the seats in parliament.

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu once again showed his penchant for divisive racial politics. This time he took aim at national treasury official Ismail Momoniat, objecting to Momoniat appearing in parliament on behalf of the department because he is not an African. This is not the first time Shivambu has played the race card. In 2010, the then ANC Youth League spokesperson called journalist Carien du Plessis a "white bitch". Forced to apologise, Shivambu settled a hate-speech case out of court.

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