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    The Spanish Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez, held his first news conference on Tuesday (28 June) since the country's general election.

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    SV: Spanish Prime Minster, Senor Adolfo Suarez seated facing newsmen. (2 shots)

    CU: Senor Suarez speaking in Spanish.

    SV: newsmen

    SC: Senor Suarez speaking to newsmen in Spanish.

    SV: newsmen

    The leader of one of the regions seeking self-government - Catalonia -- is in Spain. Senor Josep Tarradellas -- head of the Catalan government-in-exile arrived in Spain on Monday (27 June) and had so far had talks with the Prime Minister and King Juan Carlos. No details of the discussions were immediately available.

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    Background: The Spanish Prime Minister, Adolfo Suarez, held his first news conference on Tuesday (28 June) since the country's general election. He said he would form a new government within a few days but refused to commit himself to holding fresh elections as soon as a new constitution was drawn up.

    SYNOPSIS: Senor Suarez led the Centre Democratic Union Party, U.C.D. in Spain's general election earlier this month (15 June), the first free elections there for 41 years. Senor Suarez said the new government would be drawn exclusively from the UCD. More than 270 deputies and senators from the U.C.D. signed an agreement on Tuesday, setting up a parliamentary group and undertaking to form a single political party eventually. The Centre Democratic Union is a coalition of 15 parties. Senor Suarez said the government would take a centre-left political line, introducing deep economic and social changes without creating chaos in Spain. Measures would be taken before the summer holidays to bolster the sagging Spanish economy, he added, and the Government would put into practice the policies for which it was elected.

    The Prime Minister went on to speak of his talks with the Socialist Party leader, Felipe Gonzalez. The socialists won the second largest number of seats in the election after the coalition U.C.D.

    Senor Suarez said he expected the socialists to be a tough opposition in parliament. It is Senor Gonzalez who has led the calls for fresh elections to be held when a new Spanish constitution has been drawn up. This move has been rejected by the Prime Minister so far, but he has agreed the need for municipal elections soon. But one of the strongest problems the new government problems the new government will have to face is the question of regional autonomy after many years of a highly centralised Spanish state.

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