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Spanish dictator Franco's remains exhumed from state mausoleum

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    Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s remains were exhumed from the state mausoleum in the Valley of the Fallen where they have lain since his death more than four decades ago. Spanish dictator Franco's remains exhumed from state mausoleum
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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.

Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s remains were exhumed from the state mausoleum in the Valley of the Fallen where they have lain since his death more than four decades ago.

They were to be taken for reburial alongside the remains of his former wife in a private vault in the Mingorrubio cemetery north of Madrid.

Footage showed members of Franco’s family carrying his coffin out of the tomb following the exhumation, which took place behind closed doors.

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.

"It is a great victory for dignity, memory, justice and reparation, and therefore of Spanish democracy," said the premier, who is gearing up for a general election on November 10.