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VOX POP: Should Spain's King step aside?

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VOX POP: Should Spain's King step aside?
Real estate professionals María (left) and Nuría are just two Spaniards who think King Juan Carlos should step aside in favour of his son. Photo: Alex Dunham
10:38 CEST+02:00
In the wake of King Juan Carlos' latest hip operation and news he will need more surgery in two months, we asked people in Madrid whether it was now time for the Spanish Head of State to hand over the reins to his son Felipe.

Spain's King Juan Carlos underwent hip surgery again on Tuesday.

Doctors said the King was in a "highly satisfactory" condition after an operation which saw them implanting a temporary replacement hip — a substitute for a previous implant which had become infected.

Click here to find out what people in Madrid have to say about the King's possible abdication.

At the same time, it emerged that the King  — who gets around on crutches — will need surgery again in two months.

That will make it nine operations in just over three years.

The King himself has no plans to step down and recently told reporters he felt "very well" and was just "off to the mechanic".

But the latest news about the King's health has once again raised the issue of a possible abdication.

And with the highly popular Crown Prince Felipe waiting in the wings to take on the top royal job, there has been speculation the King might step aside.   

On Thursday, The Local took to the streets of Madrid and asked people whether it's for Spain's King to hand over the reins to his son.

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