INTRODUCTION: Spain is returning to normality after Monday's (23 February) attempted coup.
SV INT Spain's King Juan Carlos shaking hands with political and military leaders. (MUTE)
SV Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo Solares greeted by Juan Carlos and former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, followed by Socialist leader Felipe Gonzales Marquez and party pose for photographers.
GV Parliament in session with speaker announcing result of confidence vote.
SV Suarez and Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo seated in parliament.
GV Parliament applauds Calvo Sotelo who waves to deputies. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Spain is returning to normality after Monday's (23 February) attempted coup. King Juan Carlos on Wednesday (25 February) received the leaders of his country's main political parties, and the Cortes (parliament) gave Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo a vote of confidence to form a new government.
SYNOPSIS: King Juan Carlos earned most of the credit for the quick end to Monday's coup attempt. His authority and handling of the affair persuaded rebel civil guards to give themselves up and free some 300 parliamentarians held hostage in the Cortes.
On Wednesday King Juan Carlos received leading politicians to discuss the situation after the coup attempt. Leading the delegation was Communist Party General Secretary Santiago Carrillo Solares. Also present at the audience were Socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez Marquez and out-going Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez Gonzales. The King and his guests almost certainly discussed measures to ensure the continued functioning of Spain's new parliamentary democracy. The military leaders involved in the abortive coup have all been sacked and the Cortes has resumed business.
Parliament reconvened on Wednesday to endorse Prime Minister designate Calvo Sotelo with a vote of confidence .. the business interrupted by gunfire on Monday.
The vote of confidence cleared the way for Mr. Calvo Sotelo to form a new centrist government, ending the political crisis which shook Spain. The ruling Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) party carried the confidence vote by 186 to 158. It gave the Prime Minister designate an absolute majority, which in previous votes eluded him.