SPAIN: A Resounding S

Speak, people, speak. This is the moment. Don V listen to those who say stay silent. Don't let anyone decide for you.

Urged on by an electronic barrage of such jingles, nearly four-fifths of Spain's 23 million voters−including King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia −turned out last week for the country's first free vote since 1936. By a resounding 94.2%, the political reform bill drafted by Premier Adolfo Suárez's five-month-old government was approved, setting the stage for the election next spring of a bicameral legislature.

For Suárez, the referendum was another triumphant step on...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!