Spain to exhume Franco’s remains from state mausoleum

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Spain will on Thursday exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum near Madrid and relocate them to a more discreet grave in a country still conflicted over his decades-long regime. 

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made moving the remains of “El Caudillo” (The Leader) a priority since coming to power in June 2018, arguing Spain should not “continue to glorify” a man who ruled with an iron fist after the bloody 1936-39 civil war that his Nationalist forces won.
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The exhumation operation, 44 years after Franco died, is to begin at 10:30 am (0830 GMT) with only Franco’s relatives and some government officials allowed to attend. The media is to witness it from outside.
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Spaniards are divided over the exhumation, with 43 percent in favour of the move and 32.5 percent against, and the rest undecided, according to a poll published earlier this month in daily newspaper El Mundo. […]

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