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CFK salutes Spain's King Juan Carlos following abdication

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has paid tribute to the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, after the monarch revealed his decision to step downafter almost 40 years on the throne.

"In Spain the King is abdicating, but in Latin America a friend is leaving," Cristina signalled today, in a statement released by the Presidency. The head of state added that the king's decision "brings to a close an exceptional relationship, and a historic time between Spain and Argentina.

CFK continued by praising Juan Carlos' conduct during Spain's transition to democracy following the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975.

"The arrival of Don Juan Carlos to the Spanish throne marked the first rays of light that illuminated the people who had lived the long night of the francoist dictatorship," the president signalled.

"Spain, together with its young king, started to rebuild the modernity disrupted in the miserable European 1930s.

"The king's attitude in defence of Spanish institutions was a cry that reverberated in the dictatorships of Latin America and gave courage to those who fought against them. For that as well we celebrate the figure of King Juan Carlos," she affirmed.

The president also thanked the outgoing monarch for the refuge given in Spain during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, when thousands of Argentines fled to the European country to escape the brutal regime.
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