Political parties in Spain have been rounding off their campaigns for the nation's first general elections in 41 years -- staging massive rallies across the country over the weekend in preparation for Wednesday's (June 15) polling.
Political parties in Spain have been rounding off their campaigns for the nation's first general elections in 41 years -- staging massive rallies across the country over the weekend in preparation for Wednesday's (June 15) polling. They took place amid a major political shock - the publication of a public opinion poll which predicted that left wing parties will get a much bigger share of the vote than previously expected.
SYNOPSIS: In Bilbao, heart of the turbulent Basque country, feelings were running a little less high than in recent months following the release of almost all Basque political prisoners. According to the shock poll published by a leading newspaper, in which 15,000 people were questioned, total support for the combined left wing is new estimated at some 50 per cent. And as the left wing of the Basque Party fired its last salvo before an official end to electioneering on Monday (June 13), its leaders repeated their controversial calls for autonomy for the region.
The opinion poll, published in the neighbouring and almost equally fiery catalan region, predicted a severe defeat for the Democratic Centre Union alliance of Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez with little more than ten per cent of the vote.
For Communist Party supporters their final gathering was an almost picnic-like affair - with crowds camping out for hours before the event in Torrolodonos, 20 miles (30 kilometres) outside Madrid. A giant catering problem was presented with some 200,000 people making it the biggest-ever rally held in Spain since the end of the civil war. The rally was almost called off because rainy weather turned the site into a muddy morass, but it eventually went ahead despite the absence of legendary Communist Party President Belores ??? -- La Pasi??? ??? ??? to risk the treaty ??? ??? in ??? ???.
The popular Socialist Party, a ??? splinter group led by ??? Enriqao Calvin, is predicted to got a four to seven per cent share of two vote.
Nearly 23 million voters will be electing a now Cartes, or Parliament ??? but the roles are so vague it's not clear whether Prime Minister ??? will need a majority to stay one. No was originally appointed by King Jean Carlos and his town only expires in 1981.