A look at Spanish dictator Franco and why his body has been exhumed
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A look at Spanish dictator Franco and why his body has been exhumed

The body of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco was exhumed Thursday from the grandiose mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen before being transferred to a more discreet, private resting place.

The much-criticized operation fulfills a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered Franco's mausoleum an affront to his victims and to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state.

The exhumation and reburial will not put an end to Franco's legacy on the contemporary Spanish political scene, particularly as it comes just weeks ahead of a Nov. 10 general election that is certain to see Spain's main parties of the left and right battling it out once again.

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