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A poll showed on Sunday that moost Spaniards want their new king, Felipe, to play a greater role in politics and build bridges between the country’s divided parties and regions. Spain’s monarchy has tried stay out of the intricacies of factional rivalries in recent years – though Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, is widely credited with helping smooth the country’s transition to democracy in the 1970s after the Francisco Franco dictatorship. The poll, in newspaper El Pais, suggested three quarters of Spaniards thought Felipe should personally push parties to reach agreements on Spain’s problems if politicians failed to do so. King Felipe was sworn in on Thursday after the abdication of his father.



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