Franco’s grandson says moving the remains from Madrid mausoleum is ‘cowardly’

Spain took another step towards dealing with the legacy of the civil war on Friday when the government approved the exhumation of the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco, which have lain in the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near Madrid since his death in 1975.

The council of ministers voted in favour of the move, which was opposed by the right-wing Popular and Citizens parties. However, the decree only needed a simple majority to pass. Prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist party, the leftwing Podemos and the Catalan and Basque nationalists all voted in favour.

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