SPAIN: Moving to Fill a Power Vacuum

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A dual struggle raged in Spain last week. While Generalissimo Francisco Franco fought to stay alive, his government struggled to keep functioning in a power vacuum. At week's end, as the old dictator still clung to life with characteristic tenacity, the government literally gave up waiting for him to die. It resolved a growing crisis of authority by pressuring a reluctant Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón y Borbón, Franco's heir designate, to become his country's temporary Chief of State. Only after Franco's death or a complicated legal process declaring his incompetence would...

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