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Veteran Spanish politician Fraga dies at age 89

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MADRID (AP) -- Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a blunt-talking, often cantankerous politician who was the last surviving senior member of Gen. Francisco Franco's regime and remained an active political icon for decades, has died. He was 89.

In a career spanning 60 years, Fraga served as Franco's information and tourism minister and as interior minister after the dictator died in 1975.

Spanish news agency Europa Press says he died of heart failure Sunday night at his home in Madrid. The agency cited a family member.

Fraga helped draft the country's post-Franco, democratic Constitution, founded what is today its ruling conservative Popular Party, ran his native Galicia region with a tight grip for 15 years and ultimately settled into a Senate seat.

The job he coveted most -- being Spain's prime minister -- eluded him.

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