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Diego Martinez Barrio
Birth: 1883
Death: 1962

Spanish politician. Helped to form a coalition of parties on the left to fight the national elections in 1936. The coalition became know as the Popular Front. Right-wing groups in Spain formed the National Front. The Popular Front won the election with 34.3% of the vote (the National Front received 33.2%). Martinez Barrio became speaker in the Cortes (the Spanish Parliament). The Popular Front government immediately released all left-wing political prisoners. Other measures included transferring right-wing military leaders such as Francisco Franco to posts outside Spain. Due to these measures wealthy conservatives took vast sums of money out of the country, creating an economic crisis, which led to a series of strikes. In May 1936 Spanish Army officers, including Francisco Franco, began plotting to overthrow the Popular Front government. This resulted in the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War on 17th July 1936. Martinez Barrio was appointed as Prime Minister on 18th July 1936 with the task of negotiating with the rebels. When the President realized that the rebels were unwilling to compromise Martinez Barrio was sacked. He was forced to flee from Spain when General Franco took control of the country in March 1939. He died in exile in Paris. (bio by: Bunny Boiler) 
Cementerio de San Fernando
Provincia de Sevilla
Andalucia, Spain
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bunny Boiler
Record added: Oct 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9570674
Diego Martinez Barrio
Added by: Bunny Boiler
Diego Martinez Barrio
Added by: Bunny Boiler
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Apr. 27, 2014
Don Diego, gracias por los servicios prestados a Espaņa.descanse en paz.
- J M
 Added: May. 26, 2010

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