The acting president of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, has transferred the new judges who have received their dispatches this Friday in a ceremony in Barcelona that the king has called him to give them his Congratulations and tell them that you “would have liked to be” at that event, as legal sources have confirmed to elDiario.es.
The acting president of the Judicial Power charges against the Government for the absence of the king in the delivery of dispatches
The Government’s decision not to endorse Felipe VI’s attendance has marked the act of handing over dispatches to the LXIX promotion of the Judicial School, made up of 29 men and 33 women. During his speech, Lesmes claimed to feel “A huge regret” for the “absence” of the king in that ceremony, held this Friday in Barcelona, an act that the head of state usually attends.
Lesmes, who was a senior official with the Aznar governments, referred to Felipe VI as “a symbol of the unity and permanence of the State” and said that his presence “goes far beyond the protocol.” The act, of great symbolic value for the judiciary, ended with a “long live the king!” launched by the conservative member of the CGPJ José Antonio Ballestero and seconded by Lesmes himself.
Days after the controversy broke out, the Government still does not explain why it vetoed the presence of Felipe VI in that act and from whom the decision originated, since the Constitution establishes that all official acts of the monarch must have the approval of the Executive . And that did not happen in this case. For the first time the head of state did not attend this annual event. The Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, alluded this Thursday to “a package of reasons” that he did not elaborate and insisted that the Government’s obligation is to “protect the institutions”, the Crown among them.