• Short Summary

    Political leaders in Spain have held their final campaign rallies prior to Thursday's (6 December) referendum on a new constitution which calls for the abolishing of authoritarian laws passed by the late dictator General Francisco Franco and under which Spaniards have lived for four decades.

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    Political leaders in Spain have held their final campaign rallies prior to Thursday's (6 December) referendum on a new constitution which calls for the abolishing of authoritarian laws passed by the late dictator General Francisco Franco and under which Spaniards have lived for four decades.

    SYNOPSIS: The two major parties, The Ruling Centre Union Party, led by the Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez and opposition Socialist Party led by Mr Felipe Gonzalez, have united to urge their followers to accept the new constitution which guarantees basic human rights including political, religious and Social freedom. The Cortes parliament overwhelmingly approved the constitution in October.

    Spain's communist party, the third largest political body, also supports the charter. Its leader, Mr Santiago Carrillo, held a vigorous campaign schedule and his meetings were attended by massive crowds singing and shouting their support. The opposition to the new constitution ... forecast in the latest polls to take only five to ten percent of the vote ... expected to come from extremists of the right and left and by many Basque Nationalists dissatisfied by the charter's provisions for granting regional autonomy.

    The Constitution defines Spain as a parliamentary monarchy and guarantees freedom of speech, a free press and political and trade union rights.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2RV7F3U35US6ZHMYFR3KIFOF
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2RV7F3U35US6ZHMYFR3KIFOF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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