Former Guatemala president exhumed as cemetery sinks

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GUATEMALA CITY: Remains of former Guatemalan president Miguel Garcia Granados were exhumed and relocated Friday (Saturday in Manila), nearly 140 years since his death, after parts of his cemetery began subsiding, his descendants said. Soldiers unearthed Granados’s remains from a mausoleum in the General Cemetery and placed them in a wooden box, the family said. His remains will be transported to a temporary burial site until a permanent resting place is found, it said. The family said that some parts of the cemetery have started to sink, and they feared his tomb may suffer permanent damage. He died in 1878 at the age of 69. His role is honored today by a portrait on Guatemala’s 10 quetzales (1.17-euro, $1.31) banknote.

AFP

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