July 5, 2020

The king will receive Batet and Llop tomorrow, the first step for his round of consultations

The king will receive tomorrow the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, and the one of the Senate, Pilar LLop, a first step to fix later the dates of his round of consultations with the representatives of the parties to propose candidate for investiture as president of the Government .

Felipe VI will hold two meetings with Batet and Llop in the Palacio de la Zarzuela so that, as usual, they will officially communicate the constitution of the new parliamentary chambers in the XIV legislature.

The meeting with Batet has been set by Zarzuela for 11:00 hours, while the head of state will receive Llop an hour later, at 12:00.

The president of the Congress must give the king a list of the political formations that are represented in the chamber, and although it is usually done at this first meeting, on other occasions, as happened after the elections in April, several days have been passed.

With that list, Zarzuela sets the dates of the king's round of consultations, which takes place in order from least to most parliamentary representation.

In principle, the dates that have been considered for that round have been those of December 10 and 11, just after next weekend and before the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, travels to Brussels on the 12th to participate in a European Council meeting.

But there is still no official confirmation and, in addition, by then Sánchez may not have his investiture assured if ERC continues to reject it and the Acting Executive has already advanced that he will not go to a failed investiture.

It is article 99 of the Constitution that states that the king, "after consulting with the representatives appointed by the political groups with parliamentary representation, and through the president of Congress, will propose a candidate for the Presidency of the Government."

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