Committee
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Country
Spain

Author

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UNITED NATION HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

SPAIN

POSITION PAPER

CURRENT ISSUE IN SPAIN :

Juan Carlos, the former king, and his family have their vacation palace on the island, and local business dignitaries even once bought the monarch a luxury yacht.

So it might seem odd that residents of the island town of Valldemossa, population 2,000 — where Juan Carlos holds the title of honorary mayor — were asked to vote in a straw poll last Sunday on whether Spain should retain the monarchy or become a republic. The removal of the monarchy was approved by 97 votes to 25, with one person casting a blank vote.

Even if the vote was only symbolic, the organizers said it was important to include the monarchy in a broader debate over whether and how to reform the country ahead of national elections this month, called by the Socialist government after its national budget was rejected. At the same time, Spain is struggling with a secessionist challenge in the northeastern regi...

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