SPAIN: The Kingmaker

At 62 General Francisco Franco is in good health, but his influential religious mentors, who take a long view of history, worry about his succession. Seven years ago they persuaded Franco to promulgate a law declaring Spain to be "a Catholic and social state which, in accordance with its tradition, is constituted a monarchy." But Franco bucked at letting touchy, British-trained Don Juan de Bourbon, son of the dethroned Alfonso XIII, move into Madrid's Royal Palace. So he added a subtle clause saying that it was a question of "awaiting the right moment to install the first King of...

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