Podemos considers it "extremely serious" that King Felipe VI was this Monday "the only head of state who has remained seated before the sword of [Simón] Bolívar” during the inauguration ceremony of the new President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro. For this reason, he has announced late in the afternoon that he is going to carry out a formal consultation with the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, to find out if the gesture has been "endorsed" by the Government.
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Sources from the leadership of the party led by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, remind elDiario.es that “all the others have stood up as a sign of respect for a solemn symbol that represents the independence and sovereignty of several countries brothers from Latin America.
“From Podemos, we consider the matter extremely serious and we are going to consult the Foreign Minister if this disrespectful act by the head of state was endorsed by the government as required by the Spanish Constitution,” these same sources explained, alluding to the Magna Carta and to the guardianship by the Government of all acts of the king.
And the King of Spain, the only one who remained seated when Bolívar's sword reached the presidential possession. The same one with which the liberator fought the Spanish army more than 200 years ago. pic.twitter.com/uYO9ChehqV
— Gener Usuga (@gener_usuga) August 8, 2022
In a video broadcast on social networks, you can see the Spanish monarch located next to the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, following the arrival of the symbolic weapon with his eyes, but, unlike other guests, Felipe VI did not get up from his place Nor did he applaud the act.
A few minutes after being sworn in, Petro annulled former President Iván Duque's order not to give up the sword for the ceremony due to alleged security risks. After a break of a few minutes, four soldiers of the presidential guard moved the sword in a glass case to the Plaza de Bolívar, located in the heart of Bogotá, where the inauguration of the new head of state was being celebrated.
"As president of Colombia, I ask the Military House to bring the sword of Bolívar, an order of the popular mandate of this president," Petro proclaimed. "This sword represents too much for us," added the new president, who stressed that it is the "sword of the people" and that is why it was important to have it during the ceremony.