Just a few hours after the Congress of Deputies held the 40th anniversary of the failed coup of February 23, 1981 In an act chaired by the king, the Lower House debated on Tuesday a non-law proposal of ERC urging the Government to withdraw the inviolability of Felipe VI and, also, to eliminate the apology of his father, the king emeritus, fled from Spain since last summer for the investigations on his heritage.
The king vindicates the role of Juan Carlos I on 23F and says that Spain is “a consolidated democracy”
Juan Carlos I had been the great absentee from the event on 23F despite being, according to his son Felipe VI, who with his “firmness and authority” the attempted coup stopped. But, in addition to the speeches of Felipe Vi and the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, the name of the emeritus king was heard again in the afternoon in the hemicycle stands during the debate on the ERC initiative that did not succeed. because the PSOE joined the rights of PP, Vox and Ciudadanos announcing their vote against the Republican proposal.
The arguments of the socialists, explained by deputy Rafaela Crespín, focused on her defense of the Constitution to “keep the coexistence pact alive” and because, as she said, “the PSOE is a government party.” The parliamentarian explained that in their political training they are “democrats with conviction and socialists at heart.” “They will not find us feeding the confrontation or against the institutions,” he said, before considering that “an NLP” cannot “stop the majority consensus” necessary to reform the constitutional precepts on the inviolability of the king.
The PSOE maintained this position this Tuesday despite the fact that the Prime Minister himself, Pedro Sánchez, last summer was in favor of opening the debate on the inviolability of the king. In a interview conducted by elDiario.es and InfoLibre, the Chief Executive pointed out: “Public positions should be limited to their activity and I defend the same for the king.”
ERC reproaches the PSOE for “protecting a corrupt monarchy”
During the debate the appeals to the PSOE were constant. Carolina Telechea, deputy of ERC, the group proposing the non-law proposal, considered that the socialists “are going to have to explain very well why they are against suppressing that prerogative to protect a corrupt monarchy.” In his opinion, “the multiple scandals that weigh on the monarchy are in the public domain, so much so that the Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the amounts of money” that the emeritus king received “in an irregular manner.” The deputy also recalled that “the current king was listed as a beneficiary of bank accounts in Switzerland.”
“So far we have not seen anything to end the prerogatives of the Royal House,” Telechea has told the government parties that he has considered that supporting the elimination of the inviolability of the king and the apology of Juan Carlos I “is about being Democrat or not. ”
His initiative, which was rejected, urged the Executive to “promote all those regulatory modifications of the legal system so that all people are effectively equal before the law and, consequently, must respond to the administration of justice under the same conditions. “. Thus, the non-law proposition adds, “the prerogatives of inviolability and irresponsibility that may protect criminal or irregular behavior of the person of the head of state, the Royal House, must be completely eliminated from the legal system and by virtue of the democratic and equality principle. and any member of the Crown. ”
Finally, the proposal proposes “repealing article 55 bis of Organic Law 6/1985, of July 1, of the Judicial Power introduced by Organic Law 4/2014, of July 11, which extended the appointing to the Emeritus King and other members. of the Royal family “.
United We can defend “the democratic principle” over the “monarchical”
The reproaches to the PSOE also came from other groups such as EH Bildu or the CUP. “There is a political protection that goes from Vox to the PSOE”, denounced Albert Botran, the CUP deputy. “That is why the CIS does not ask about the monarchy,” he assured, before introducing into the debate another element that already flew over in the morning: that the Spanish, in his opinion, “has nothing to do with full democracy.” “I am convinced that you support the withdrawal of inviolability,” said Jon Iñarritu, from EH Bildu, to the socialists. What is the problem? He wondered.
ERC’s proposal was supported by all the nationalist and pro-independence parties and also by United We Can, which evidenced a new division between the Government’s partners. During the debate, the spokesman for the confederal group Jaume Asens, announced his vote in favor because, in his opinion, “the monarchical institution lacks democratic controls.” “The democratic principle must prevail over the monarchical principle,” he concluded.