Spain's Government is planning to dig up the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco to appeal to left-wing voters ahead of elections in April.
It plans to move the former General from a mausoleum - seen by many as a monument to fascism - to a public cemetery in Madrid on June 10.
Spain's Supreme Court will vote in the coming days on whether to allow the exhumation.
Spain's Government is planning to dig up the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco (pictured) to appeal to left-wing voters ahead of elections in April
It plans to move the former General from the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) mausoleum - seen by many as a monument to fascism
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is trying to remain in power in the country's April 28 election, had promised to exhume Franco's embalmed body from the Valley of the Fallen by the end of 2018 to appeal to left-wing voters.
However, his call has been hampered by opposition from Franco's relatives and the abbot of the basilica where the dictator was buried in 1975.
Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said Friday that the government would comply with whatever the judges decide.
The planned move has divided opinion in a country conflicted about the dictatorship that ended with his death in 1975.
Franco will be taken from the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum to be reburied next to his wife, Carmen Polo, in the family tomb at Mingorrubio El Pardo, a state cemetery where various political figures are buried, in a ceremony without media coverage, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said.
His family opposes the exhumation and has taken the issue to courts, but the Supreme Court has been silent so far.
Flowers on the tomb of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco inside the basilica at the the Valley of the Fallen monument near El Escorial, outside Madrid
'The dictator's family and those around them have made use of every available legal instrument ... forcing delays in the process,' Calvo said after cabinet agreed to push ahead.
She added that if a new government emerging from next month's election were to try to cancel the reburial, it would first have to change the so-called historical memory law, approved in 2007, that condemns the Franco regime
El Independiente newspaper quoted Luis Felipe Utrera-Molina, a lawyer for the Franco family, as dismissing the decision as 'fireworks' and saying the government could not legally access Franco's burial place to exhume the remains.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is trying to remain in power in the country's April 28 election, promised to exhume Franco's remains
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised to remove Franco's remains before the end of his term, one of several high-profile measures intended to appeal to left-wing voters.
The Socialists have long sought to transform the Valley of the Fallen into a memorial to victims of the civil war in which 500,000 combatants and civilians were killed.
The party is ahead in opinion polls but well short of parliament majority.
Support for far-right party Vox, which wants Franco's remains to stay where they are, has been growing since it won seats in an Andalusian election in 2018 — in the first electoral success for a far-right party since Spain's return to democracy.
Franco's family had said if his remains are removed, he should be reinterred at the Almudena Roman Catholic Cathedral in central Madrid, where his daughter is buried.