On March 10, 2020, four days before the declaration of the first state of alarm approved by the Government in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, Vox formally requested the president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, the paralysis of the activities of the Lower House.
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However, when on the 19th of that same month the Bureau of Parliament approved with the vote of PSOE and United We can suspend the regulatory deadlines – not the closing of Congress – for the processing of parliamentary initiatives in progress that were active before the alarm, the far-right formation appealed the decision to the Constitutional Court, which now plans to agree with the formation of Santiago Abascal and declare that suspension unconstitutional, according to the newspaper on Friday. The country.
Vox assured then that this suspension supposed a “kidnapping” of the parliamentary activity. But in her letter – to which elDiario.es has had access -, dated nine days before the agreement of the Table, the deputy spokesperson for Vox in Congress, Macarena Olona, went far beyond the question of deadlines, requesting for Batet to suspend “all plenary and committee activities” until the attendance of the deputies to the hemicycle was secure.
“We urge you to suspend all the plenary activities and commissions planned this week and until such time as we are certain that we can carry out our activity in Congress without any risk to health,” Olona said in that letter sent to the Speaker of the Lower House on March 10, 2020.
The positive of Ortega Smith
That same day it was learned that the Vox deputy and secretary general of the extremist formation, Javier Ortega Smith, had tested positive for coronavirus, so his party colleagues decided to absent themselves from Parliament. This positive also forced the Bureau of Congress to decree that March 10 the suspension of parliamentary activity and other sanitary measures.
The following week the activity resumed and on March 18 the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, appeared before Congress, four days after approving the state of alarm, to give explanations about it. The lower house was never closed during the health emergency, only the deadlines for submitting amendments or written questions were suspended.
In fact, the Constitutional Court itself, which is now studying declaring that suspension unconstitutional, issued a note on March 16, 2020 in which it announced that “the deadlines for carrying out any procedural or administrative actions before this Court” were “suspended during the term of the Royal Decree 463/2020 and its possible extensions “.
When Vox announced its appeal before the Constitutional Court for the suspension of the terms, only 10 days after Olona’s letter requesting the cancellation of plenary sessions and commissions, Abascal argued that “to limit parliamentary control when the Government has been given powers extraordinary events with the State of Alarm means concentrating all power “on the president, Pedro Sánchez, and his then vice president for Social Rights, Pablo Iglesias. “It is a danger to freedom and democracy. The Wuhan virus as an alibi to lead us to the Chinese model,” stressed the leader of Vox.