Diego Martinez Barrio

Diego Martinez Barrio

Birth
Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Death 1 Jan 1962 (aged 78)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
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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.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9570674
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Diego Martinez Barrio (25 Nov 1883–1 Jan 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9570674, citing Cementerio de San Fernando, Sevilla, Provincia de Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain ; Maintained by Find A Grave .