Spain's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Two pro-Franco retired generals chosen to run on Vox ticket

Share this article

Two pro-Franco retired generals chosen to run on Vox ticket
Archive photo of the late dictator: AFP
16:49 CET+01:00
Two retired Spanish generals who signed a manifesto demanding respect for late dictator Francisco Franco will run as candidates for far-right party Vox in next month's general election.

Agustin Rosety Fernandez de Castro will head the upstart party's list in the southern province of Cadiz in the April 28th polls while Alberto Asarta will head its list in the eastern province of Castellon, Vox said on Twitter, on Monday.

The two were among the roughly 200 high-ranking, retired army officials who signed a manifesto published in July 2018 which denounced an "infamous campaign" to discredit Franco, who it said was being "vilified today to inconceivable extremes".

The manifesto was published on the website of a retired military group shortly after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's minority Socialist government announced it planned to exhume Franco's remains from an opulent mausoleum near Madrid and move them to a more discreet spot.

READ MORE: 


Santiago Abascal, leader of Spain's far-right party VOX, gives a speech during a campaign  in Granada. Photos: AFP.

Franco came to power after Spain's 1936-39 civil war, which was triggered by his rebellion against an elected Republican government. He ruled Spain with an iron fist until his death in 1975.

The planned exhumation of his remains has revived tensions dating back to the civil war and the subsequent four decades of Franco's rule. It is fiercely resisted by Franco's heirs and many on the right.

Polls suggest Vox, which campaigns against illegal immigration and "radical" feminism, will become the first far-right party to win seats in the Spanish parliament since the late 70s and could emerge as a kingmaker in  Spain's increasingly fragmented political landscape.   

The party, founded in late 2013, sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 11 percent of the vote and 12 seats in a regional election in Andalusia in December.

ANALYSIS: 2019 in Spanish politics - How much creative destruction will Vox unleash?

 

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

How mindfulness can help you make the most of life abroad

Moving abroad offers an exciting opportunity to live a happier and healthier life. But how can you make sure that you're enjoying the experience to its fullest? That's where practising mindfulness can help.