Franco's remains can be exhumed, Spain's Supreme Court rules
Franco's remains can be exhumed, Spain's Supreme Court rules The El Valle de los Caidos Memorial in San Lorenzo del Escorial in Madrid, Spain, 24 September 2019. EPA/Angel Diaz
Madrid (EFE-EPA).- Spain's Supreme Court has on Tuesday ruled in favor exhuming of the remains of the country's late dictator Francisco Franco from the grandiose mausoleum where he was interred in the mountains north of Madrid.
The move had been one of the flagship policies of acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) government but was met with opposition from the Franco family.
All six judges at the country's top court gave the green light to remove the late dictator's corpse and rebury it at the El Pardo-Mingorrubio cemetery, where his wife, Carmen Polo, was laid to rest.
Relatives of the late right-wing military leader were opposed to his exhumation but said if he was moved he should be reburied at the Almudena Cathedral, which is located in the heart of Madrid next to the Royal Palace.
"Franco will leave the Valley of the Fallen," PSOE wrote on its official Twitter page. "It ends an unthinkable anomaly in a democracy like ours."
The ruling comes just as Spain's houses of parliament are officially dissolved ahead of repeat elections slated on 10 November.