Spain's 160 political parties have started the three week campaign for the nations first general election in 41 years.
Spain's 160 political parties have started the three week campaign for the nations first general election in 41 years. Thousands of young political workers put up millions of party posters all over the country as the campaign started officially at midnight on Monday (May 23/24).
SYNOPSIS: In Madrid, an estimated half a million party posters went up overnight, and some sources say the election campaign will cost about 42 million pounds (sterling). But it got off to a violent start as rival parties fought while putting up their posters. In one incident in Madrid, a communist girl student was shot in the leg. Communist party sources say several of the 5,000 militants mobilised by the party were being shot at or attacked by right-wing elements.
The election, to be held on June the 15th, is the first democratic vote in Spain for more than 40 years. But violence in the Basque country to the north has so far overshadowed it. Six people have died in recent troubles in the region.
More than 6,000 candidates will face voters next month for the 350 seats in the lower house of Congress, and 207 in the Senate.
The latest polls show that Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez??? Democratic Centre Union holds a comfortable lead over other parties with about 20 per cent of the estimated vote.
The party is followed in the polls by the main Socialist Party, and then the Communists.