Spain's 160 political parties started a three week campaign on Tuesday (24 May) for the country's first democratic elections in more than 40 years.
GV INTERIOR Communist Party meeting
CU Communist emblem TILT DOWN TO woman addressing meeting (4 shots)
GV Christian Democrats meeting in progress
CU Speaker addressing meeting
GV Supporters applauding
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Background: Spain's 160 political parties started a three week campaign on Tuesday (24 May) for the country's first democratic elections in more than 40 years. Thousands of young political militants put up millions of party posters all over the country as soon as the campaign officially started. A poll published by the newspaper "EL Pais" showed that the Democratic Centre Union Party led by Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez held a comfortable edge over other parties with 20 percent of the vote.
SYNOPSIS: The Communist Party was one of the first to hold an official election rally with a meeting in Madrid on Tuesday attended by several hundred women. The opinion poll showed the Communists would gain about six percent of the vote, slightly ahead of the right-wing popular Alliance, but several percent behind the main socialist party PDSE. The Communists claimed that several of their party workers were attacked by opposition right-wingers while putting up election posters.
Another party to hold a meeting on the first day of campaigning was the Christian Democrats. The meeting was addressing by Senor Jose Maria Gil Robles, son of a former Republican Minister. Also at the meeting was party leader, Senor Joaquin Ruiz-Giminez, a former Education Minister. The "El Pais" poll gave the Christian Democrats about three percent. Campaigning will end at midnight on June 13 and voting will take place on June 15.