The Canary Islands regulate the condition of former presidents, but not if they will charge

From left to right, Jerónimo Saavedra, Lorenzo Olarte, Fernando Fernández and Román Rodríguez. / c7

This Statute is included in the new Law of the Presidency but leaves its development to a later regulation

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The circumstances in which the
former presidents of the Canary Islands once they leave office and issues such as the possibility of receiving an economic benefit or some type of income is a pending issue for years but to which no government has given an answer.

Executive of Angel Victor Torres he does it halfway
rule of the Presidency and the Government of the Canary Islands.

billwhich is already in the
Parliament for its processing, it contemplates a
Statute of former presidents at its most basic levels, and leaves its development to a
subsequent specific regulations “more flexible than a law”, indicate government sources.

It is determined that the people who have been holders of the Presidency of the Canary Islands will enjoy after their cessation of the
treatment of president or president for lifeas well as a
protocol place in official acts of the autonomous community.

Also, they will have
support for of government services in their
trips around the islands, as well as with the assistance of the delegations abroad in their displacements outside the archipelago. They will also have the right
«to the use of the personal and material means that are determined».

"Difficult and Complicated"

However, and although that door does not close,
nothing is said about the right to a pension. The Government recognizes that it is a "complicated" matter and that it lends itself to "demagoguery".

In this sense, it is noted that
«easy criticism always arises that the president who approves it is that he is preparing his future, and that is why nobody wants to be the one who does it.

This source believes that
one formula would be 'unanimously proposed by Parliament', although he admits that it is not easy. Remember that in the State, former presidents are paid as members of the Council of State, that is, for performing a function. "Perhaps something like this should be proposed here."


The Government hopes that this law is approved
before the term ends because "it has the advantage that it is a text that has already been worked on", although now it incorporates the
news and requirements contained in the Statute of Autonomy.

Even so, they insist that their main lines are known by all political formations, so
rely on an important consensus so that in the new legislature this new norm is already available.

On the other hand, from the Executive
rejects that these changes entail an increase in spending because basically "it is a norm that develops some elements of the Statute and basic regulations,
does not generate new content, but orders what already exists»points out.


  • Does not generate new content
    The purpose of this Law is to regulate the statute and powers of the president, as well as the organisation, legal regime and functioning of the Canary Islands Government and its relations with Parliament.

  • Delegated commissions
    They are like government councils specialized in certain matters to deal with specific contents. The Government establishes which commissions can be established and with what powers. Until now they did not exist.

  • Unlimited counseling
    e is a content copied from the Statute of Autonomy that allows to eliminate the limit of 11 members of the Government. Sometimes, "ten is an overload of work because many skills are addressed."

  • Invited to the Council
    It is included in the current regulations and is now incorporated into the new law. The president can invite different people, basically to detail some specialized matter, but "he will never be a member of the governing body."

  • Government Support
    The Cabinet will be assisted by the Preparatory Commission for Government Affairs in matters that are to be submitted for its consideration and will be chaired by the Secretary of the Government. The president may create the spokesperson.

  • Delegations abroad
    Government delegations may be created abroad for the representation, defense and promotion of the interests of the community, says the law. The measure is not new. There are already delegations in Madrid, Brussels and Caracas.

  • reserved information
    As of the approval of this new norm by the Presidency, the Governing Council may decide that some information that has been submitted for its consideration has the character of 'reserved'.

  • inclusive language
    The drafting of the bill has been carried out taking into account the inclusive language and not only speaks of the president or president and counselors or counselors, but also refers to the head of state as king or queen.

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