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Spain to exhume Franco s remains in June

Spain will exhume the remains of late dictator Francisco Franco from its opulent mausoleum and move them to a location outside Madrid in June, the government announced Friday. The move has long been talked about by sympathisers of the left-leaning government but fiercely resisted by Franco s family and many on the right. It revives old tensions from Spain s civil war in the 1930s and the subsequent four decades of Franco s rule. The reburial of Franco s remains will take place in the morning of June 10, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said. She said the body will be taken to the Mingorrubio-El Pardo state pantheon, where Franco s wife is already buried. Franco is currently buried in a huge hillside mausoleum belonging to the Catholic Church in the Valley of the Fallen, where it draws visits from tourists and demonstrations by right-wing sympathisers. The former conservative Popular Party government resisted bids to exhume him but President Pedro Sanchez revived the effort after .

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