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    INTRODUCTION: Two days after the attempted coup in Spain, parliament reconvened in its bullet-scarred chambers to complete the endorsement of Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo as its new Prime Minister.

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    SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Prime Minister designate Sotelo (with glasses) with Adolfo Suarez and other Cabinet ministers as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia arrive to shake hands.
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    CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Sotelo taking oath of office as King and others watch, and receiving congratulations.
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    GV Group moves across room, surrounded by newsmen.
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    GV King and Queen joined by Sotelo and ministers, posing for photos.
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Two days after the attempted coup in Spain, parliament reconvened in its bullet-scarred chambers to complete the endorsement of Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo as its new Prime Minister. The swearing-in ceremony on Thursday (26 February), attended by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia, ended a month-long crisis that followed the resignation of former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez.

    SYNOPSIS: Senor Suarez stood beside his successor and other government leaders as the King and Queen joined them for the official ceremony in the royal Zarzuela Palace. Prime Minister Sotelo was endorsed on Tuesday (24 February) with a vote of confidence by parliament after the deputies were held captive by rebel guards for 18 hours. The new government leader, a 54-year-old conservative, received ten more votes than an absolute majority from the Catalan regionalists, the entire right-wing Democratic Coalition, and three independent deputies. The decision of his successor, Senor Suarez to step down had plunged Spain into its worst political crisis since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. Senor Suarez was created a Duke by King Carlos for his role in bringing Spain to democratic rule, the same day as the swearing in. King Carlos had been given a prolonged standing ovation by the country's deputies when parliament reconvened,f or his role in helping to foil the aborted uprising. The monarch has called on the main political parties to remain calm and not to attack the armed forces. He said that, although one crisis had been overcome, a delicate situation had been created. The Deputy Army chief, General Alfonso Armada Comyn, the King's former tutor, has been relieved of his command. Several other military officers, including Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina, who led the siege, and Valencia Military Commander, General Jaime Milans Del Bosch, who ordered tanks onto the streets, have been detained or sacked.

    Prime Minister Sotelo described the plotters as "a minority of the security forces which managed to seduce a tiny fragment of the armed forces". Immediately after the swearing-in, Senor Sotelo began consultations to form his new Cabinet.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAV5DHU890MKEVZOLPH2CQLMHV
    Media URN:
    VLVAV5DHU890MKEVZOLPH2CQLMHV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    N/A

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