Spanish veteran socialist leader, Rodolpho Llopis, is to step down from the leadership of Spain's exiled Socialist Workers' party after thirty years.
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Background: Spanish veteran socialist leader, Rodolpho Llopis, is to step down from the leadership of Spain's exiled Socialist Workers' party after thirty years.
Senor Llopis, Secretary of the party, told the thirteenth Congress at Toulouse in France, that his successor's name would be known at the end of the four-day meeting on Monday (17 August).
Delegates from the Americas and North Africa attended the meeting with socialist representatives form Spain and several other European countries.
SYNOPSIS: The historic Capitol Square of Toulouse n southern Franc was the meeting - place of the exiled Spanish Socialist Workers' Party for its thirteenth congress at the weekend.
Party members were joined by delegates from the Americas, North Africa and several European countries.
A photograph of Pablo Iglesias, founder of the party decorated the platform along with banners and the party insignia of pen, book and anvil.
The UGT, Spain's General Workers' Union, also gave its support to the delegates, many of them veteran left-wingers in exile from Spain since the civil war.
Among those present were Senor Roces, the party's Secretary of Information and Propaganda, as well as Secretary of the party, Rodolfo Llopis, who announced his decision to step down after thirty years with the party leadership. His successor was expected to be named on Monday.
Among the foreign delegates was Italian Socialist Party member Pietro Lazzi.
The conference of the Spanish Communist Party, earlier this year expressed optimism for a change in Spain following the military coup in Portugal.