• Short Summary

    Twenty-three million Spanish voters are being prepared for a poll which could end 40 years of one-party rule -- a national referendum on democracy.

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    Twenty-three million Spanish voters are being prepared for a poll which could end 40 years of one-party rule -- a national referendum on democracy.

    SYNOPSIS: For the voters, it's the choice of continuing the present one-party system bequeathed by the late General Francisco Franco, or a multi-party state. The poll takes pale on Wednesday (December 15) -- the result of a bill passed by Spain's parliament, the Cortes, which could be its own death warrant. Already, previously unheard-of freedoms to publish are evident on the Spanish pavements. Now, in a startling transformation, the heirs to a dictatorship are being asked if they want the choice to elect their own representatives - of any party.

    Not all of Spain wants a multi-party system, preferring to remain with the single-party state under which representatives to the governing Cortes are largely self-elected.

    Left-wing opposition parties -- unrecognised under present law, and standing to benefit in a 'yes' vote -- are urging their supporters to abstain from voting. This is because they were not sufficiently consulted on the proposed reforms, they say. Other opposition groups urge a direct 'no'.

    But opinion polls indicate a large 'yes' vote for the multi-party proposals. One showed 52 per cent of voters in favour, and only four against.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAYJZ7YKHYW4RB766F3L5K43QJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYJZ7YKHYW4RB766F3L5K43QJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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