Spain: An Umbrella of Monarchy

For 27 years, Spain's Generalissimo Francisco Franco has ruled his country with an iron hand — although in recent years the velvet glove has been more visible. Last week, in 55 minutes, the aging (73) "Caudillo of Spain by the grace of God" announced a new consti tution that will liberalize Spanish life and politics and prepare the country for the day when he is gone. The constitution dilutes Franco's dictatorial powers, strengthens the Cortes (Parliament), and paves the way for the government to develop into a constitutional monarchy.

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