Campaigning for the Spanish general elections ended on Monday night (June 14) with last-minute rallies by the political parties exhorting the 23 million eligible voters to cast their polls on Wednesday (June 15) in favour of what they all called 'democracy'.
GVs EXTERIOR Spanish Socialist Woker's Party leader Felipe Gonzalez arriving at general election campaign rally, Madrid, Spain (2 shots)
CU Gonzalez acknowledging crowd applause, AND GV crowd cheering (2 shots)
GV Christian Democrat rally, Madrid
SV Italian Christian Democrat Sercetary-General Benigno Zacagnini addressing gathering AND GV crowd applauding and waving banners (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Television screen showing Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suazez making general election broad cast
GV People watching and holding election posters
CU AND GV Election leaflets and posters littering streets (2 shots)
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Background: Campaigning for the Spanish general elections ended on Monday night (June 14) with last-minute rallies by the political parties exhorting the 23 million eligible voters to cast their polls on Wednesday (June 15) in favour of what they all called 'democracy'. It's Spain's first general election in 41 years, following four decades of dictatorship under the late General Francisco Franco.
According to some last-minute public opinion polls, the Socialist Worker's Party, headed by dynamic young lawyer Felipe Gonzaleez, was expected to take up to a quarter of the votes. He's personally gained some fame for the hectic pace of his campaign tour, flying to several meetings daily in a rented helicopter, and the party's opinion poll popularity has risen swiftly in the final week of campaigning from earlier estimates of about five per cent.
The right-wing Christian Democrats -- who proclaimed that they represented democracy for Jews and Protestants as well -- brought in the Secretary-General of the Italian Christian Democrats to make a final appeal for them.
Monday's rallies took place against a widespread background of sporadic bombings, suspected to be the work of Basque separatists opposing the election.
The Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez, made his fist direct election appearance as a candidate on Monday -- broadcasting the message of his Democratic Centre Union over state-controlled Spanish television. But it was still uncertain whether he would step down in the face of a predicated loss. For while the litter of a forty-day campaign by 160 parties blew through the streets in the closing hours of electioneering, it wasn't clear under vague new constitutional rules whether Senor Suarez had to relinquish his post of defeated. He was originally appointed by king Juan Carlos, and strictly speaking his term of office runs until 1981.