The right has a chance in Spanish electionsMADRID, Spain...


June 06, 1993

MADRID, SPAIN — The right has a chance in Spanish elections

MADRID, Spain -- A two-month blare of campaign slogans fell silent yesterday as voters pondered their choices in parliamentary elections that could mark Spain's first peaceful transition of power from left to right.

Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, urging leftists among the 30.9 million eligible voters to go to the polls, warned that "the right could win" today's elections.

In Spain, which returned to democracy 16 years ago, the terms "right" and "left" still pack an emotional punch for those old enough to remember Gen. Francisco Franco's 36-year dictatorship.

Jose Maria Aznar, leader of the center-right Popular Party, said Spain's Socialist era, characterized by widespread political corruption, was finished. But the latest polls indicated that the Socialists and the Popular Party were running about equal, with 34 percent of the vote.

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