A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 27, 1977

For the people of a country that had not gone to the polls to elect its leaders for 41 years, last week's Spanish elections were a celebration — an affirmation that the long night of Franco's tyranny was indeed over. With joy and assurance they voted in Premier Adolfo Suárez, rejecting the extremes of both right and left. In our cover story this week, we examine the nation's emotional yet orderly transition from dictatorship to democracy. Madrid Correspondent Karsten Prager was struck by Spain's ability to emerge so smoothly from a political vacuum. "There are not many parallels," says Prager, "even...

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