Felipe González Elected as President of Spain 1982

In an uneasy transition from decades of dictatorship to democracy, Felipe González was elected as President of Spain on December 1, 1982. González was the Presidential candidate of the Spanish Socialist Worker Party (PSOE). The PSOE won 46% of the vote, a parliamentary majority. González’s conservative brand of socialism, sometimes termed Felipismo, has been criticized by the right as too radical and by the left as too centrist.  González defined his core political philosophy in an example to The Financial Times, “…my rejection, my repugnance of the fact that a person’s health can be subject to the rule of the market place. If you can afford the product, buy it. You can’t? Well, you are finished. If someone without money needs a kidney transplant our duty is to give them the opportunity.”

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