Not even on the 42nd anniversary of the Constitution is there a truce for one of the key figures of the Transition: Don Juan Carlos. The spokesman for United We Can in Congress, Pablo Echenique, has responded to the will of the King’s father to regularize his fiscal situation with attacks on the former Head of State. “It is a confession, when the King emeritus wants to regularize his tax situation with respect to opaque cards, he is confessing that he does so because he has been caught and that he has defrauded the Treasury,” he has sentenced.
“What a day Juan Carlos I has chosen to confess that he has defrauded the Spanish Treasury”, Echenique has ironized, in his statements in the courtyard of Congress, prior to the act of tribute to the Constitution, marked this year by the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus .
The first secretary of the Board of Congress and deputy of En Comú Podem, Gerardo Pisarello, has assured to attend today’s event “with clear republican convictions.” “No operation of rusty sabers – he said in reference to the retired military chat – is going to get us to continue defending the public or the equality of all before the law, including the Monarchy.
Beyond the new criticisms of the Crown, the spokesperson for United We Can has used this day to attack the right. “Today, on the 42nd anniversary of the Constitution, it must be said that the Spanish Constitution is under siege by no more and no less than two-fifths of this House,” he guaranteed.
With those two fifths, he refers to the 88 deputies of the PP and the 52 of Vox. “We have 52 deputies from Vox who say that the governments of the dictatorship were better than those of the democracy and we have 88 deputies of the PP, the main party of the Constitution, who have been in breach of article 122.3 for two years.”
This article regulates that the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) must be renewed every five years, so the current one has already expired for two years. Echenique has criticized the PP because, according to him, it blocks it to “prevent its leaders from being judged” for various cases of corruption, despite the fact that the courts continue their legal actions against the alleged plots linked to the popular.
“Faced with this situation, there is no other option than to reform the law to end the blockade, protect Justice and restore compliance with the Constitution,” Echenique has advocated. This week, the PSOE and Unidas Podemos registered a bill in Congress to prevent a CGPJ from making appointments in office. An initiative criticized by the opposition because it “heads up” the Judiciary.
But the fact is that these two parties, which make up the Government of Spain, already brought an even more controversial reform to Congress in October, because it planned to lower the majority necessary for the renewal of the governing body of judges from three fifths (210 deputies) to absolute majority (176). Criticism from the opposition, associations of judges and prosecutors and the European Union caused Pedro Sánchez to apply the handbrake, alleging an alleged pactist will.
However, the two reforms serve as an element of pressure on the PP to force a negotiation. For now, the two parties intend to process the second reform, which only foresees annulling the ability to appoint new judges of an acting CGPJ, but they keep the first initiative in the register of Congress, whose withdrawal is made by the popular ones as a “sine qua non condition. »To consider sitting down to negotiate.
Today Echenique has added fuel to the fire, reiterating that the reduction of the majority is “the option of United We Can” to avoid “failure to comply with article 122.3 of the Constitution. Something similar to what the United We can spokesperson defends today on ABC pages, on the occasion of the special for Constitution Day.
Despite these two reforms proposed by the government formations, Pisarello has defended for his part that to prevent the Judiciary from being “untouched by the parties” it is not necessary to “touch a comma” of the Constitution. United We can precisely what it raises is that the parliamentary majority to renew the judicial leadership is smaller and, therefore, prone to falling into greater politicization.