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    In Spain, the ruling Democratic Centre Union (UCD) party has launched a campaign to improve its image before a constitutional referendum and municipal elections, due to be held later this year.

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    In Spain, the ruling Democratic Centre Union (UCD) party has launched a campaign to improve its image before a constitutional referendum and municipal elections, due to be held later this year.

    SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (4 February) Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez made his first contribution to the nation-wide campaign at a rally in the town of Avila, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) from Madrid. Recently the UCD has been ruffled by internal dissent and worried by Senor Suarez' waning popularity among voters. A recent opinion poll showed his support to have dropped to below 50 per cent for the first time. The government campaign comes after recent gains by the socialists and communists in trade union elections.

    The UCD campaign coincides with the disclosure of a proposal to extend the term of the present parliament until 1981. Speaking at the rally in Avila, Senor Suarez told the audience that the government's achievements could be summed up in a single phrase -- it had fulfilled its election promises.

    The Prime Minister went on to outline the successes of Spain's first democratic government for 41 years, saying that it had drafted a new constitution in consultation with other political groups, had taken measures to overcome the economic crisis, had initiated social and legal reforms and was dealing with demands for regional autonomy from several areas.

    Senor Suarez also said his government was concerned about the deterioration of public order in Spain and would take steps to deal with the situation. "Problems of public order are a reality" he said, "but the situation is not catastrophic and does not justify interference with the normal democratic process". Senor Suarez and his ministers will continue their campaign for a week -- speaking in towns and cities throughout the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EMS3IK238USDWN8BG3G7NOER
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EMS3IK238USDWN8BG3G7NOER
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
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