SPAIN: Finally, a Timetable

Addressing the country directly for the first time since he announced the death of Generalissimo Francisco Franco last November, Premier Carlos Arias Navarro went on television last week to present Spain with a timetable for reform. Nervously reading a 45-minute text, Arias, 67, announced that a national referendum on proposed constitutional changes would be held in October and that Spain's first general elections in almost 41 years would follow early next year. Lest anyone mistake these cautious moves as promises of a sharp break with the authoritarian past, Arias added several stanzas of effusive praise of Franco, whom he...

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