The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, and the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, have charged against the head of State in full controversy over the decision of the Government not to authorize their presence in the delivery of the offices to the new class of judges and prosecutors that he attends every year. The members of the Government and leaders of Podemos and IU, respectively, have claimed “neutrality” from the Head of State after a telephone call to the acting president of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, in which he He has transferred that he “would have liked” to attend the event in Barcelona. Lesmes too has expressed “regret” for the decision of the Executive not to endorse the presence of Felipe VI.
Lesmes conveys to the judges that the king has called him to say that he “would have liked to be” at the delivery of the dispatches
“Institutional respect means political neutrality of the Head of State, renewal of judicial bodies in due time and form, proportional actions of the public force,” Vice President Iglesias said in a tweet a few hours after the information on that call was published .
The Consumer Minister has gone even a step further by accusing the “hereditary monarchy” of “maneuvering against the democratically elected government.” Garzón considers that this “position” that is “applauded by the extreme right” is “untenable”.
The ministers of the minority partner of the coalition have thus charged against the head of state while Moncloa and the socialist part of the Government are silent because of the complaint that the president of the Judiciary has expressed. “Nothing to point out” is the answer given by official sources. Previously, the deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra, had accused the CGPJ of “oversizing” the absence of the king in that event and has expressed discomfort that Lesmes was not “very hard” with the PP for preventing the renewal of the organ of government of judges.
For their part, the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, and the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, have defended the decision not to endorse the presence of the monarch in the act, although the Government hides the reasons that have led to that decision. “The Government has to politically endorse the actions and positions that His Majesty maintains. We thank you for knowing how to always be in your place, which is that of neutrality”, Calvo expressed this morning.