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The renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, the amnesty and the pacts of the PSOE with the separatists indelibly mark the 45th anniversary of the Constitution. This has been made clear by the statements of the main political leaders minutes before the start of the institutional act that commemorates the birthday of the Magna Carta in Congress.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in a statement without questions, stressed that the Constitution "does not belong to any political party" and assured that "in the face of those who give lessons in constitutionalism, we must remember that the best way to defend it is to comply with it every day of the year and all its articles". In this sense, and making express reference to the blockade in the renewal of the CGPJ, he stressed: "The excuses are over and it is time to comply, moving from proclamations to deeds, complying with the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary that has been in office for five years". Sanchez has urged the PP to endorse the saying that "before devotion is obligation".

Sánchez has assured that he is willing to "extend his hand" to the leader of the opposition to "make state policy" and finally renew the governing body of the judges.

Alberto Núñez Feijóo appears before the media in Congress, accompanied by several regional presidents of the PP. Borja Sánchez-TrilloEFE

For his part, Alberto Núñez Feijóo has regretted that in the last five years the state parties have "cracked" and the minority pro-independence parties have gained ground by making a deal that is "presidency of the Government in exchange for a continuous attack on the institutions and the Constitution".

"Sánchez", he said, "has begun to lead a movement against the Constitution" that is embodied in the amnesty law that he has negotiated with the pro-independence supporters and that in his opinion is nothing more than "an amendment to the entirety of the Magna Carta. For the leader of the PP and for all its regional presidents, "the first objective" is to defend the Constitution and equality. And he warned: "They're not going to win. The only mediator for coexistence in Spain is the Spanish Constitution. We will defend it at all costs."

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Podemos opens its move to the Mixed Group by attacking the PSOE and Sumar for "normalising non-compliance" with the Constitution

  • Written by: MARTA BELVER Madrid

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In relation to the renewal of the CGPJ, he insisted that his project is to "guarantee the independence" of judges while that of the Government is to "control them, just what the Constitution rejects". Feijóo hopes "to be able to make progress" in this area but has warned that he will not be "complicit" in an attempt to control this power of the State. "There is a dam in favor of the independence of the judiciary and we will hold it firm." "We should agree on the independence of the judiciary, but this government still doesn't believe in it. In that case we will be sliding down a very dangerous slope," he warned.

The Andalusian president, Juanma Moreno, has assured that the Constitution "does not build walls" although he has admitted that coexistence is now "in check". In this sense, he has asked the President of the Government for "coherence" because his actions have nothing to do with his words. For him, it is an exercise in "cynicism" to praise the Magna Carta while making a pact with those who want to break it.

In addition, in relation to the renewal of the CGPJ, Moreno has assured that the proposal made by Feijóo in this regard is the appropriate one: to renew the governing body of the judges while reforming the law to change the method of electing its members.

The president of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has urged Pedro Sánchez to make a "deep analysis of the role of institutions" because, in his opinion, "the quality of democracy is being degraded".

Mañueco urged the President of the Government to "make a deep reflection because", he stressed, "it is not a question of colonising powers such as the Judiciary or managing the institutions as he pleases". "Sánchez", he stressed, "is on the wrong track hand in hand with those who want to break the Constitution and must make a profound and sincere turn". As long as the head of the Executive does not do this, according to the president of Castilla y León, it will be very difficult to reach an agreement between PP and PSOE to renew the General Council of the Judiciary.

The secretary general of Podemos, Ione Belarra, regretted that today a good part of the articles of the Constitution are not complied with and made special mention of the right to housing or the article that says that all the wealth of the country must be subordinated to the general interest. Belarra has assured that the purple formation will continue to work so that these articles are fulfilled.

Minutes later, the leader of Sumar and second vice-president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, said that the right wing wants the Constitution to be only for a part of the country. Díaz has lashed out against the two-party system that has "hollowed out" the Constitution for many years, failing to comply with many of its precepts. "This is a violation of the Spanish Constitution." She then stressed that Sumar, with the policies she promotes, "fully" complies with the Magna Carta. Díaz maintains that the Constitution "is alive, it is flexible and it must be interpreted according to the moment that the country is experiencing." The leader of Sumar has insisted on the message of stopping the right and the far right, a mandate that, according to her, is the one that emerges from the elections of 23-J. She believes that the Spanish government "is being besieged by the destructive policies of the right and the far right."

For her part, Vox's parliamentary spokesperson, Pepa Millán, has justified the non-presence of her group at the institutional act of Congress by the "hypocrisy" of the PSOE that turns the sentences of the judges with its proposal for an amnesty law into a dead letter. "We," he said, "are not going to be complicit in this."

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