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SC No.33

Central Intelligence Bulletin

CONTESTS

STATU> Killing of Pria* Minister Blanco confuteaqu-Btlon. (Pag* 9)

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Ttie death of Prime Miniater Carrero Blanco yesterday coatpllcataa General Franco'slaid aucceaaion plana and compo^-ds theof the post-Franco era.

Vice Prime Minister Fernandez-Miranda, who automatically assumed Carrero's post in an acting capacity,eading candidateermanent appointment. lose associate of the slain leader and an advocate of his restrictive political policies, Fernandez-Miranda can be expected to carry on the regime's policies. Be has not, however, beenCarrero was for ao long--as Franco's choser successor as chief of government, and he would be more likely to be challenged by others wanting the post. Although the constitution provides that within ten days Franco mustew prima ministerear term, the Caudillo may wish to continueon an acting basisonger period.

Zn view of the possible threat to law and order implicit in an assassination. Franco may conclude that the premiership should go to someone further to the right than Fornandaz-Miranda. ossiblechoice would be the president of the Cortes, Rodrlgues de Valcarcel. ilitary choice is deemed advisable. General Manuel Dies Alegria, chief of the High General staff,ossibility. Franco might even decide to reassume the poat himself.

The other part of Franco's succession planintact. Prince Juan Carlos, whom Franco named9 as king-designate, is still slated to become chief of state when Franco dies or is

The timing of the attack onan hour before the opening of the trial of ten leftist laborthat his death was caused by extremists. Tbe blast occurred aboutile from the court where the trial was to take place. The trial was suspended temporarily, but late reports indicate that it resumed in the afternoon.

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