The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, has assured this Tuesday that “the decision of Juan Carlos I to leave Spain announced yesterday by the Royal House” is not acceptable. “It is not acceptable that when he is being investigated he is not in his country to face his people,” he said in an interview on Telecinco. The leader of Unidas Podemos has downplayed the “differences” that his formation has with the PSOE about the monarchy. “No one can be surprised,” he said.
Sánchez assures that he does not know where Juan Carlos I is and stresses his support for the monarchy: “What is judged are not institutions, people are judged”
Iglesias has maintained that the figure of Juan Carlos de Borbón “is fundamental” to understand Spain. “Many of us have gone to school with his portrait presiding over the classrooms,” he recalled. For this reason, he added, “the very dignity of the Head of State implies that he should face his people,” he remarked. The Vice President of the Government has played down the statement that the lawyer of the King Emeritus issued on Monday and in which he said that his client was at the disposal of Justice if he summoned him in the investigation opened by the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court for possible crimes committed after his abdication, in 2014.
“The only thing missing is that he was not willing to collaborate,” he said, to indicate that his image “is associated with the monarchy.” This Tuesday, Sánchez said that “what is judged are not institutions”, but “people”.
Despite the differences on this point, both leaders have defended the validity of the coalition agreement. For Iglesias, as Pedro Sánchez already explained this noon, the Executive is not put at risk. “When there is an annoying situation [en la coalición], Pedro Sánchez and I solved it “, he assured. Iglesias did not want to reveal the conversation he may have had with the Prime Minister and asked to” be discreet “about it.
“We think differently, it is democratic normality,” said Iglesias, who has been “very satisfied with the work in the government.” “It was noted with the rise of the SMI, with the minimum vital income and with the construction of a social shield unprecedented in the history of our country to protect the most vulnerable,” he said, to conclude: “We have to talk about reconstruction , of the funds that are going to come from the EU. That will be done by the coalition government, which has many years ahead “.
The future of the monarchy
Pablo Iglesias has also seconded the Prime Minister in respect of his party’s current constitutional framework. Sánchez assured on Tuesday that the Executive “fully considers the constitutional pact of 1978”. The vice president has indicated that his party “respects the law and the Spanish Constitution” and has defended this as “a minimum common denominator”. “We do not stop vindicating social articles as a guide to face the crisis and reconstruction,” he assured.
Another thing, he said, is that in his opinion “there is a social debate in Spain about the usefulness of the monarchy.” Iglesias has pointed out, as he has done on other occasions in the past, that “parliamentary correlations do not allow for a constituent process,” but he has affirmed that “there is a historical process that will have as its horizon a republic that will modernize this country.” “Sooner or later young people will promote a republic in Spain, the debate is legitimate,” he settled.