Royal couple to have second girl, ending succession row

28th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2006, MADRID — Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are to have a second daughter, ending speculation constitutional reforms would have to be speeded up.

28 November 2006

MADRID — Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are to have a second daughter, ending speculation constitutional reforms would have to be speeded up.

The confirmation of the sex of the royal couple's second offspring means that their first-born, Princess Leonor, who celebrated her first birthday in October, will remain second in line for the Spanish throne, after her father.

Princess Letizia's second pregnancy revived the debate in Spain over the succession, a controversy that arose on October, 2005, with Leonor's birth.

Spain's 1978 constitution gives priority to males over females in the monarchy's succession order.

Among the main Spanish political forces there is consensus on the need for a constitutional reform that guarantees non-discrimination on the basis of sex among the successors to Crown Prince Felipe, the third-born child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

However, the procedure requires the approval of a two-thirds majority in Parliament and a referendum, which make it improbable the reform will be pushed for before the end of the current legislative session, which ends in 2008.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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