SPAIN: Franco Picks a Right-Wing Heir

For days Dictator Francisco Franco labored over one of the most momentous decisions of his career. Not only was the 81-year-old Caudillo appointing a successor to President Luis Carrero Blanco, who was assassinated by Basque terrorists, but he was probably naming as well his own successor as the guiding hand of Spain in the fast-approaching post-Franco era.

In the end Franco chose more—perhaps much more—of the rigid policies that have governed the country since its Civil War. The new President will be Carlos Arias Navarro, 65, who was Spain's top cop as head of the Dirección General de...

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