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Cabinet approves decree that will allow the removal of General Franco's remains from tomb

The Tomb of Franco in the Valle de los Caídos.
The Tomb of Franco in the Valle de los Caídos. / REUTERS
  • The PP opposition and centrist Ciudadanos have criticised the move

The Spanish cabinet approved on Friday an express change in the law to smooth the way for the remains of General Franco to be exhumed from his ceremonial tomb in the mountains above Madrid.

The new PSOE government has controversially promised to rebury the dictator and turn the Valley of the Fallen monumental complex into an interpretation centre for the Civil War. The law change will simplify the country's historical memory legislation to make it easier to carry out.

However the opposition PP and centrist Ciudadanos have criticised the move, saying express law changes aren't meant for this type of initiative and they may not support an eventual parliamentary vote on the subject.