Juan Carlos says he will not abdicate

Feb. 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

MADRID, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- King Juan Carlos of Spain said he has no intention of abdicating the throne to his son, Prince Felipe, despite his upcoming spinal disc surgery.

Carlos, 75, has had four operations for a hip replacement, a benign tumor and an operation following a fall while hunting, thinkSPAIN reported.

Carlos' reputation has been in question since he was involved in elephant hunting and was photographed next to a dead one, thinkSPAIN said.

The royal family has also been drawn into controversy over an investigation over Carlos' son-in-law's possible involvement in a money laundering case at the Noos Institute, which he headed.

But Carlos' son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, has denied that the royal family was involved in the case in any way, thinkSPAIN said.

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