Spanish king shunned by left-wing MPs at parliament

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Spanish King Felipe VI has been embarrassed at the opening ceremony of the country's newly elected parliament, as he became the target of a series of anti-monarchy protest actions launched by left-wing politicians.

Members of the Unidos Podemos (United We Can) movement took advantage of Felipe's parliament speech on Thursday to show their disregard for the monarchy, holding up a flag calling for a "Third Republic", which many left-wingers would like to see replace the current constitutional monarchy.

At the same time, ex-lawmakers and politicians from the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) are on trial in one of Spain's biggest corruption scandals - the so-called Gurtel affair - involving alleged kickbacks, fake invoices and Swiss bank accounts.

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