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Friday, June 15, 2007

15 June 1977

When Franco died in 1975 the way was clear for democratic elections. It was a bit touch and go at the beginning as to whether democracy or a continuation of the dictatorship would win out. There was some fancy footwork but, thirty years ago today, the Spaniards went to the polls for the first time for a while.

Thirty years apparently represents the longest period of stable democracy in Spain's history.

A Spanish fishing boat rescued 26 refugees from a sinking raft off the coast of Libya yesterday. They were heading for Spain.

Quite a change in 30 years from some backward dictatorship to a modern European country.

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