When everything seemed to suggest that the young king Juan Carlos of Spain - who took office on November 22, 1975 - was little more than a pawn among the vultures of the Franco regime, Francisco Franco's dauphin unexpectedly proved to have a life of his own and it changed the course of a country that risked running aground on an isthmus too prominent in its own history. The recent example of the neighbors to the west, Portugal, would have contributed to the young king perceiving the fundamental time in which he was called to govern and had therefore decided that it was time to end that bizarre period of suspension of the monarchy without, however, having been established. republic.
In spite of all the incongruities and all the defects that the transition incorporated - some of them becoming evident in a short time - the truth is that, among carlists with expired deadline, Francoists looking for oxygen cylinders, communists who returned to discovering a tomorrow and children of anarchists with their parents exchanged, Juan Carlos managed to straighten a path that turned out to be tremendously tortuous.
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