• Short Summary

    The first democratically elected government in Spain for more than thirty years has been officially opened by King Juan Carlos.

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    The first democratically elected government in Spain for more than thirty years has been officially opened by King Juan Carlos.

    SYNOPSIS: The King entered the Spanish Cortes....the Spanish Parliament.....to a standing ovation from the newly elected members. During the past year the King has steadily forced through the Cortes a series of reforms.

    The reforms enabled the elections for the Cortes to be held on a free basis with most political parties being allowed to take part. However, the official opening of the Parliament comes more than a week after the three hundred and fifty elected Congressman and two hundred and forty eight Senators took their seats. The Parliament is the first democratically elected government in Spain since the end of the Spanish civil war. In that interim period Spain was governed by General Franco. As well as leading the Spanish people to their first free elections in more than thirty years, King Carlos has also allowed the release of a number of political prisoners, many of them held since the end of the Civil war. The King told Parliament that it must work with the people and reflect their new aspirations, both politically and socially. He said the different ideologies represented were no more than distinct ways of understanding peace, justice, liberty and the historic reality of Spain. The Kind added the Spain should cooperate with all nations, regardless of their political regimes. He warned the Parliament that it could not afford to disregard the aspirations of the Spanish people. He said the Cortes must channel such aspirations in the direction that was most suitable in the service of the Spanish people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACAN57EDECFVWHCMFJ7BRE5EFB
    Media URN:
    VLVACAN57EDECFVWHCMFJ7BRE5EFB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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