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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 30, 1975
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(Studio) General Francisco Franco's power transferred temporarily to his hand-picked heir, Prince Juan Carlos de Bourbon, 37. Concern exists over whether Carlos permanent takeover of power will be smooth. Pol. groups may unite to oppose return to monarchy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Madrid, Spain) Only 1 political party "The Movement" allowed to operate. Grew out of Fascist-inspired group that led fight against Spanish repb. in 1930's. Mbrs. are vets. of army led by Franco in civil war that made Franco dictator. Franco is president of group. This power resists liberalization. Every October 29 since founding Franco has presided over anniversary meeting, except this year Secretary general hails Franco and pledges loyalty to Carlos. Parliament meaningless without multi-party system. Many hope Carlos will allow different ptys. Secretary general of Popular Socialist party, Raul Morodo, says party runs along European Socialist lines. Morodo thinks Fascists will keep Carlos from instituting multi- party system, but there will be less party freedom and more press freedom.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Quint, Bert
Duration:
00:02:50

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