Adolfo Suarez
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Spain's first post-Franco PM, Adolfo Suarez, dies at 81

24 March 2014 Last updated at 03:37 GMT

Spain's ex-PM Adolfo Suarez, who guided the nation through the turbulent years following the death of fascist dictator Francisco Franco, has died at 81.

Mr Suarez was taken to hospital on Monday suffering from a respiratory infection.

King Juan Carlos turned to him upon Franco's death in 1975 to try to unite Spain's disparate political factions.

Alpa Patel reports.