The Spanish bishops speak out against an amnesty for the ‘procés’
“We are not facing an exceptional situation.” The spokesman for the Episcopal Conference, César García Magán, referred in this way to the controversial amnesty that could provide the key to the hypothetical investiture of Pedro Sánchez as president. In a press conference after the Permanent Commission, García Magán pointed out that “there are exceptional tools for very exceptional historical situations,” recalling that in Spain “there was an amnesty when the regime change occurred.”
“In Spain this is the 17th plenary session of investiture, with a democratic normality, and we are not facing an exceptional situation, which makes exceptional tools essential,” said the auxiliary bishop of Toledo, who did emphasize that “it is good for a society and for a country to respect the current legality and constitutional order.”
He did clarify that “until now I am not aware that the acting president (Pedro Sánchez) has explicitly said that they are going to use this measure,” and reiterated that “it is good for a society and for a country that the principle of separation of powers, which is a guarantee of democracy and legality.”
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Urkullu criticizes the lack of “institutional and political stability” in Spain
The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, gave his opinion this Friday about Feijóo’s investiture and said he was concerned because “institutional and political stability is conspicuous by its absence” in Spain. “The spectacle of the Cortes Generales is far from the high politics” that would be desirable, he has pointed out. Now, on the verge of upcoming Basque elections, it has been proposed to “protect Euskadi” from this “climate of permanent confrontation.” That of Spain “is not an adequate example” and “society does not see itself represented in that way of proceeding.”
Urkullu has expressed his surprise at the fact that the head of state, whom he has referred to as “Don Felipe VI”, proposed an investiture that, from the start, was already doomed to failure. “What sense does what happened in the last month make? It is possible that he had a sense of particular interest for the president of the PP with an internal objective, of connection with Vox. It is possible that also for the PSOE in the face of the investiture. But has a month of regrettable or at least not edifying spectacle been a good exercise for citizens? ”He assessed.
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What are the next steps when Feijóo’s investiture is rejected?
In this Friday’s vote, Feijóo needs a simple majority in Congress to be sworn in, that is, adding more yeses than noes, but she is doomed to failure because no party will foreseeably move from its position. He is expected to again add 172 yeses to 178 noes.
What will happen next? The person in charge of communicating the result of this vote to the king is the president of Congress, Francina Armengol, who will travel to the Zarzuela Palace for this purpose. From there, the king will decide when he calls the new round of consultations with the parties (which could be Monday and Tuesday of next week) and after which he will propose Sánchez as a candidate.
Sánchez will have two months from the first vote, this Wednesday, September 27, to obtain support for the investiture. But if in the following two months – no later than November 27 – no candidate obtains the endorsement of the Lower House, Armengol will submit the decree of dissolution of both Chambers to the king’s signature, call new elections and communicate it to the president of the House. Senate. According to these deadlines, the new elections would take place on Sunday, January 14.
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Illa does not rule out a repeat election if ERC and Junts demand a referendum: “If we have to go to elections, we will go and let the citizens choose”
The leader of the PSC, Salvador Illa, defended this Friday that “it is advisable to think about the common good before the interests of a formation” after ERC and Junts agreed yesterday to demand that the Government “work to make the conditions for the celebration of the referendum.” He has not ruled out that there could be an electoral repetition if ERC and Junts insist on proposals “outside the Constitution”: “The possibility is not on the table (…) If we have to go to elections, we will go to elections and that the citizens choose”, he said in an interview on RAC1.
“There have never been any possibilities along the path of delving into the rupture,” has reiterated in another interview on Cadena SER, in the same line as what was stated by the PSOE this Thursday in a statement. The leader of the PSC has shown himself willing to “explore a coherent evolution” of Pedro Sánchez’s policies “within the Constitution” – although he has not responded as to whether that includes the amnesty – and has denied that the PSOE has already accepted the amnesty as part of an agreement for the investiture: “Everyone knows that when we socialists reach an agreement we make it public and explain it. Even Mr. Junqueras knows it. And I must not say more.”
Specifically, the Barcelona City Council will hold the first plenary session of the political course this Friday, in which two proposals on the amnesty will be presented: a joint one from Junts and ERC that asks to support an amnesty law, and another from the PP, which seeks to reject it.
The Junts and ERC proposal will be approved with the favorable vote of BComú and the votes against the PSC, the PP and Vox, after this Thursday afternoon the socialists announced that they will not support any of the amnesty proposals. However, they will vote in favor of their initiative that seeks to support dialogue and coexistence (without mentioning the amnesty), while that of the ‘popular’ will not prosper by counting only on their votes, waiting to also know the vote. from Vox, which has not been finalized.
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The third session of the investiture will begin at 12:15 and voting will not be possible before 1:22 p.m.
This second investiture plenary session of Alberto Núñez Feijóo will begin at 12:15 p.m. with the PP candidate’s turn to speak, who will be able to speak for ten minutes. Next, it will be the turn of the representatives of the groups from highest to lowest, except for the PP, which will intervene last.
After the debates, the vote will be carried out by calling all of your honorable Members, who will have to cast their vote out loud from their seats, with the members of the acting Government and those of the Chamber Board being the last to do so. The vote cannot take place before 1:22 p.m. in order to comply with the 48 hours established by the Constitution.
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