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Spain launched its first land reform in more than 50 years when a Socialist regional government expropriated 12 unproductive estates in the poorest part of the country. "This is the first real attempt to redistribute the land," said Miguel Manaute, agricultural counselor in southern Andalusia's autonomous regional government. The expropriations affected 15,000 acres of farmland in Malaga province, one of four areas in which the Andalusian government will act to break up neglected holdings.

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