With Spain's general election only days away, leaders of the two most popular parties, the Socialists and the ruling Democratic Centre Party, are campaigning vigorously.
With Spain's general election only days away, leaders of the two most popular parties, the Socialists and the ruling Democratic Centre Party, are campaigning vigorously. Rallies in Madrid and Barcelona have draw massive crowds.
SYNOPSIS: It was the city of Madrid where the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party carried out its most recent electoral assault. It was nothing short of a triumph for the party's youthful leader, Felipe Gonzalez. Gonzales, a thirty-six-year-old lawyer, has earned himself the name "Hurricane Felipe" for his whirlwind campaigning. And as this crowd of fifteen thousand showed, it has obviously paid off. Gonzalez has taken his party to the top in the opinion polls and, in his party's centenary year, he is promising to take the party to Government for the first time in forty years.
Gonzalez' electioneering tune has become a familiar one. He says, "there are good conservatives and bad conservatives. We've been landed with the worst of all -- because they have conserved Spain as the most unjust country in Europe".
But, while Mr. Gonzalez has criss-crossed the country, his main political opponent, Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, has made comparatively few public appearances. He's campaigned on television and radio -- a strategy that has brought angry criticism from the left. Mr. Suarez has pledged that the party will govern alone for four more years. To do so, the Democrats need to win eleven more seats for an absolute majority.
Spaniards must choose between the present twelve-month-old government and a party led by a man with the same charisma that put the present Prime Minister in power.