Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978

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Author: Jimmy Carter  | Date: December 7, 1978

Constitutional Referendum
in Spain Statement by the President.
December 7, 1978

All people who love freedom and believe in democracy won a victory in Spain yesterday.

The Spanish electorate decisively approved in a national referendum the draft democratic constitution placed before them by their elected parliamentary representatives. This occasion marks the culmination of courageous and determined efforts by the Spanish people, their representatives, and King Juan Carlos to establish a framework for Spanish democracy which meets with the approval of all Spaniards.

The success of the transition to democracy in Spain, and the manifest will of Spaniards across the political spectrum to establish a democratic system, have earned the admiration of people the world over who share similar ideals.

Yesterday’s referendum symbolizes a remarkable and praiseworthy achievement. We want to congratulate the Spanish people on this occasion, and to reaffirm the hope and support of the American people and their government for continued success in this historic effort.

NOTE: On December 8, the White House announced that the President had spoken that afternoon by telephone with King Juan Carlos of Spain to express personal congratulations on the new Spanish constitution and on the wise and courageous role that the King has played in Spain’s transition to democracy.

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Chicago: Jimmy Carter, "Constitutional Referendum in Spain Statement by the President.," Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303 Original Sources, accessed February 7, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9EY8L793EMZX6I6.

MLA: Carter, Jimmy. "Constitutional Referendum in Spain Statement by the President." Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303, Original Sources. 7 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9EY8L793EMZX6I6.

Harvard: Carter, J, 'Constitutional Referendum in Spain Statement by the President.' in Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303. Original Sources, retrieved 7 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9EY8L793EMZX6I6.