Madrid - The exhumation of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is set to go forward after the relevant legislation was approved by the cabinet on Friday, said Justice Minister Dolores Delgado.
The final fate of Franco's remains has unearthed old controversies in Spain. Opponents of Franco's rule say his current resting place - the Valley of the Fallen, north-west of Madrid - is too grandiose for a man responsible for the death of so many political opponents.
But those who look back fondly on Franco's rule consider the decision to move his remains as an unnecessary insult, more than 40 years after his death in 1975.
Delgado said Franco's family now has 15 days to decide where the remains should go.
After the law allowing the move was approved by the legislature last year, the family had said it would pick Almudena Cathedral in central Madrid. But the government has ruled that out, saying it fears the cathedral could become a pilgrimage site for those who support Franco and his fascist politics.