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Spanish Government to Order Dictator Franco’s Exhumation

Madrid, Feb 12.- The Spanish government will order next Friday the exhumation of the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial mausoleum located on the outskirts of this capital.

According to the state news agency EFE and, Pedro Sánchez's social democratic executive will approve the removal of the body from the Valley of the Fallen, where he has been buried since his death in 1975.

He will do so against the opinion of Franco's family, the Abbey of the Benedictine monks and the Catholic Church, he recalled on his website.

In his letter, the Spanish Executive argued that 'the exhumation of the mortal remains of Francisco Franco does not depend neither on the authorization of the relatives nor on the authorization of the Church but on a legal mandate'.

Regarding the place where he will be buried once he leaves the Valley, the Moncloa Palace made it clear that he will not go to the crypt of Almudena Cathedral, where his relatives have two tombs, noted the source.

Although that is the wish expressed by the dictator's grandchildren in the allegations, the government based its refusal on security problems and provided a document that says so.

The intention of the government is that his remains be moved to a discreet place to prevent that temple, in the heart of the Spanish capital, becomes a focus of pilgrimage of those nostalgic for the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975).

Last December, the Supreme Court dismissed the request for a precautionary halt to the exhumation, presented by the grandchildren of the man who ruled Spain with an iron fist after winning the Civil War (1936-1939) - until his death in 1975. (Prensa Latina)