The Government yields to pressure and will accept changes to save the anti-crisis plan

The Government yields to pressure and will accept changes to save the anti-crisis plan

The Government has had to give in to pressure from parliamentary groups in the face of the risk that the decree of the shock plan against the war will shipwreck in Congress this Thursday. Pedro Sánchez's intention is for Parliament to validate the anti-crisis plan in the terms in which it came out of the Council of Ministers, but the slam of the door by the parliamentary partners due to the espionage scandal has forced the Executive to rethink the strategy the day before for the vote to take place.

"The royal decree law on measures to alleviate the effects of the war in Ukraine will be processed as a bill in Congress to allow contributions from parliamentary groups," government sources reported late on Wednesday. The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, has had to improvise a round of contacts with the majority of parliamentary groups to try to secure the necessary support, but the negotiation has turned uphill. At the end of this Wednesday, a socialist source trusts that the decree will be approved by the minimum by assuming the rejection of PP, Vox, Ciudadanos and ERC.

The validation has been complicated for the Government due to the escalation of tension with its parliamentary allies due to the espionage scandal against independence leaders and their entourage. ERC threatened to stop supporting the Executive in Parliament and also EH Bildu, who was going to endorse the decree, left his support up in the air. "Knocking down the legislative agenda is the only language that the PSOE understands," Republican spokesman Gabriel Rufián said Wednesday in the halls of Congress.

Minutes before, he had summoned Sánchez during his 'face to face' in the control session to seek the support of the PP. The president had extended his hand to maintain the path of dialogue, although he has defended the actions of the CNI within the framework of the law. However, Defense Minister Margarita Robles has further inflamed tempers by justifying espionage. “What does a State have to do, what does a Government have to do when someone violates the Constitution, when someone declares independence, when someone cuts off public roads, commits public disorder, when someone is having relations with political leaders of a country that is invading Ukraine, or when organizations such as the SEPE or ministers' phones are 'hacked'?”, he expressed in Parliament. His words have fallen like a bucket of cold water in the Government. The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonés, has immediately demanded his resignation.

The Executive has even opened the PP route to try to save him, but those of Alberto Núñez Feijóo have conditioned their support on Sánchez assuming some of the measures that the new conservative leader had proposed and to which, until now, Moncloa had opposed.


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