Government and opposition have used the Constitution, on the day of the 45th anniversary of its approval, to accuse each other of failing to comply with it and going against the Magna Carta. In the institutional event held this Wednesday in the Congress of Deputies, an appointment that was missing from parties in the chamber such as Vox, ERC, Junts or Bildu, Sánchez urged Feijóo to once and for all renew the General Council of the Judiciary ( CGPJ), which has had its mandate expired for five years, and thus complies with the Constitution. “The excuses are over,” said the President of the Government.
Sánchez has claimed to the PP that if it wants to show devotion to the Constitution and point out that it is the party that defends it, the first thing it has to do is fulfill the obligations it indicates. He has also asked to appoint new members “during this legislature.” Along the same lines, he has assured that he “reaches out his hand” to Feijóo to carry it out and affirms that both would be doing “state policy, high politics” and would also serve the citizens who are the main affected by the deterioration of Justice. what the current blockade entails.
For his part, Feijóo has stated that Spain is experiencing the “greatest constitutional crisis” in 45 years of democracy, after the “barter” with the independentists carried out by Pedro Sánchez, whom he has accused of “leading a movement against the Constitution.” Spanish” which has caused, in his opinion, that at this moment the Spaniards “are not equal.
“Today you cannot come to celebrate the Constitution and within six days in the same place present as the first bill of this legislature an amendment to the entire Spanish Constitution of ’78,” Feijóo declared, alluding to the Law. of Amnesty, which will hold its first parliamentary debate next week.
Feijóo has indicated that the Government, with its “continuous attack on institutions”, such as the Judiciary, is “sliding down a very dangerous slope which is the tacit repeal of the Spanish Constitution.” “Today, unfortunately, we have to say that we Spaniards are no longer equal,” he stated.
Finally, he indicated that “the only mediator for coexistence in Spain is the Constitution” and pointed out that the only objective of his party is the defense of the Fundamental Law “whatever the cost.” “There is room for hope. And more than 3 million Spaniards have taken to the streets constantly in recent weeks to say that Spain and its government cannot be decided in Brussels and that government control cannot be decide in Switzerland,” he said.
Armengol: “The Constitution is not a totem, it must be followed”
Already in the institutional act, the president of Congress, Francina Armengol, has claimed the 1978 Constitution as “the most effective cure against discord” and has requested agreements to “fulfill and develop it”, so that “its mandates” are updated. and it can be achieved that all Spanish citizens see themselves “reflected in it.”
In a highly anticipated intervention, after PP and Vox denounced his “partisan speech” during the solemn opening of the Cortes, the third authority of the State has stressed that the law of laws has allowed 45 years of progress and “should also be a reference to face the future”, because it maintains “the best guarantee of coexistence” and, in the agreement that made it possible, “is proof that dialogue and consensus are the only way to reach it”.
From his point of view, the “generosity” that made the Transition possible dictates the path to continue moving forward. “If we were able to reach an agreement in the moments of greatest difficulty, if the general interest prevailed over everything else and the search for harmony went beyond confrontation, then the path of understanding is marked: the mark is Constitution itself,” he emphasized.
He has also pointed out the Manga Charter as the “passport to the threats suffered by democracies” and as what unites citizens “in the face of the slightest attempt to alter coexistence” because in it, he stressed, “the tension is not written , contempt or confrontation”.
“The same Constitution that stands as guarantor of the wealth of a diverse and plural State is our safe conduct in the face of any approach to uniformity,” he said, emphasizing that “it continues to be the most effective cure against discord.”
At this point, he has warned that “being a constitutionalist does not consist of raising the Magna Carta as if it were a totem, but rather assuming” that one can “reach agreements to comply with and develop it.”
“It is raising the banner of dialogue in the face of the challenges that we face every day and the Constitution itself poses to us. And towards the challenges that await us, we must look together,” said the president of Congress.
For Armengol, the Constitution is a “living project, for the future, that is being built day by day”, the mirror that shows “the best version of the country”, but in which citizens see themselves reflected “in their entirety”. For this reason, he has called to continue working to “make his word a reality” and for everyone to see themselves in that mirror.
In this context, it has established as the “main mission” of politicians “to deploy and update” their mandates “from pluralism and respect for the legitimacy of the other, reaching agreements with the sole purpose of guaranteeing a more dignified life for each one.” of our fellow citizens”.
Armengol has declared that he considers it “legitimate” to propose that the Constitution should not be subject to any revision, as well as “defending its renewal, at least in basic issues, such as converting the Senate into a true chamber of territorial representation or responding to the demands of the century.” XXI”.
“What is in no way under discussion is our total obligation to comply with it. We should abide by each and every one of its precepts,” he stated, drawing attention to the “pending issues.”
Inclusive and multilingual language
The Cortes Generales have also celebrated the 45th anniversary of the 1978 Constitution in the Plenary Hall of Congress with the participation of representatives of society and social entities, who have read several articles of the Magna Carta in inclusive and multilingual language.
Before the high authorities of the State, the new coalition government and political representatives, the founder of the Ana Bella Foundation to help battered women has shocked attendees with her survival speech against sexist violence.
After reading article 14 of the Constitution, in inclusive and non-sexist language, Ana Bella recalled that “Spanish people are equal before the law” and that as a survivor of her husband’s violence she has been able to move forward with the support of the public institutions. “That the abusers stop abusing and the victims report,” she has urged society and those present there.
The president of the Youth Council of Spain, Andrea González, was the first to read the Magna Carta, article 48 referring to the participation of youth in political, social and economic development.
Subsequently, Luis Cayo Pérez, president of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI), read article 10, on the dignity of people and their inviolable rights, as well as respect for the law and the rights of others. , which are “foundation of political order and social peace.”
The executive director of Greenpeace, Eva Saldaña, has read article 45 by which everyone has the right to enjoy an environment suitable for the development of the person, as well as the duty to preserve it, while the second year student Pablo Ruiz Moreno primary school has read article 39 on the public powers that must ensure the social, economic and legal protection of the family.
The singer María Berasarte has pointed out article 137 in Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician, which establishes that the State is organized territorially in municipalities, provinces and the Autonomous Communities that are established and indicates that all these entities enjoy autonomy for the management of their respective interests.
The event began with the interpretation of the musical piece “Those little things” by this singer who was accompanied by Pablo Martín Caminero on double bass.