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EU constitution decision time looms in Spain

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EU constitution decision time looms in Spain


Spain’s historic referendum on the EU constitution is looming. Today is the last day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s ballot and despite a predicted “Yes” the government has been working hard to to win round undecided voters. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has staked his reputation on making Spaniards the first to approve the charter by popular vote.

“Each and every vote is necessary, they are decisive and necessary. We need a large majority of voters to support Europe, the Constitution and our collective progress, and that’s what most Spaniards want,” he said.

The “No” camp does not seem to be posing too great a threat to its opponent. Spain’s two main political parties have argued for a “Yes”. According to the latest polls the anti-constitution lobby is expected to garner just under 6 percent of the vote.

But what could prove awkward for the government is a high level of abstention. Some analysts say turnout could be as low as 35 percent. Despite a short campaign to promote the constitution, polls show nine out of ten Spaniards are not aware of the contents of the 350-page document.

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