SPAIN: A Bit of Democracy

"We will have democracy for all," declared Spanish Premier Carlos Arias Navarro in a nationally televised speech to Spain's Parliament. Arias was outlining a program for political change that had been anxiously awaited since the death of Dictator Francisco Franco last November. Although some of the promises in the speech sounded grand, it was clear that the "democracy" Arias spoke of would not be for all and would come very slowly.

The most important of Arias' proposed "limited modifications" in Spain's 18-year-old constitution was the creation of a second chamber of the Cortes, Spain's Parliament. This would be a popularly elected...

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