The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is holding a three-day Congress at Suresnes, near Paris, France.?
CU Sign "Suresnes"
GV & MV EXTERIOR Threatre and banners (3 shots)
CU Writing on steps
GV INT PAN Members of Congress gathered at entrance
SV Delegates talking
GV INT Threatre, tables and chairs laid out
CU PAN signs along table showing Cararies, Cadix, Castres, Asturias
MV Delegates enter hall and sign (3 shots)
Initials BB/0050 MF/DW/BB/0127
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is holding a three-day Congress at Suresnes, near Paris, France. It opened on Friday (II October).
The 350 delegates -- half of whom come from inside Spain -- will vote on their leaders' handling of Party affairs and are expected to return an overwhelming vote of confidence in the ruling Executive Commission.
The Party is convinced that it constitutes the most important opposition group in Spain. Delegates say the main task of the conference will be to prepare polices for the aftermath of the eventual death of Spain's 81-year old leader, General Francisco Franco.
General Franco's National Movement is the only permitted political organisation in Spain; all political parties are illegal.
Welcoming the delegates at the start of the Congress, Monsieur Robert Pontillon -- the Mayor of Suresnes and Secretary of the Socialist Party -- commented on the fact that although there were many veterans of Spanish Socialism present there were also many young people. Their demonstrated, he said, the socialism is still very much alive in Spain.
Several foreign socialist leaders will address the conference, including monsieur Francois Mitterrand, candidate of the Untied Left in the French Presidential Elections in May this year.