Last surviving member of Franco's cabinet dies

By REUTERS
January 16, 2012 01:30

 
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MADRID - Manuel Fraga, the last political survivor from Spain's right-wing dictatorship and colourful founder of the ruling conservative party, died on Sunday, aged 89, of respiratory problems, state media said.

Fraga sat in the cabinet of General Francisco Franco, but went on to help draft the constitution that turned Spain into a constitutional monarchy after Franco's death in 1975.

Having survived the transition to democracy, Fraga ruled his home region of Galicia in northern Spain for 16 years until the age of 82. He served as senator for six more years before retiring in September 2011.

Fraga was minister for tourism and information - effectively censorship - in the 1960s under Franco, who ruled Spain for nearly 40 years.

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