SPAIN: Franco Yields

The medical bulletin came as many Spaniards were enjoying a long weekend in celebration of the 38th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War that brought Generalissimo Francisco Franco to power. "The illness from which the head of state has been suffering has today suffered a regression because of gastric complications," said the report from the medical center in Madrid, where Franco has been bedridden for the past two weeks. A few hours later, Franco, 81, formally handed over his powers as chief of state and head of the armed forces to Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón y...

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