Wednesday, May 25

Sánchez justifies in Congress his commitment to pardons for procés

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the Congress of Deputies

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the Congress of Deputies

The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, will justify this Wednesday before the plenary session of the Congress the concession of pardons to the nine leaders of the procés, which will explain the need to open a new stage of dialogue that allows the reunion in Catalonia.

Sánchez will attend the plenary session of the Lower House a week after granting those pardons and after the meeting he held this Tuesday at the Palacio de la Moncloa with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, in which they agreed to resume in the third week of September in Barcelona the dialogue table between both governments.

The Executive requested the appearance of Sánchez in Congress to report on the European Council held last week in Brussels as well as the extraordinary community summit on May 24 and 25. But also to account for the political and economic situation in Spain.

In this last section, it will refer to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic and the evolution of the vaccination process, which Sánchez continues to assure that he will allow 70 percent of the population to be immunized in August. His appearance coincides with a increased cumulative incidence, which this Tuesday rose to 106.8 cases in 14 days, and with a large outbreak related to end-of-year student trips to the Balearic Islands.

The economic recovery that he expects thanks in part to the arrival of European funds will be another chapter of his speech before Congress, one of which will have as one of its axes the defense of pardons for the nine independence leaders. He will repeat the arguments that he has been making to give the green light to those measures of grace that he considers essential to open a new stage.

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The next step in this phase will be the meeting of the dialogue table between the central government and that of the Generalitat agreed by Sánchez and Aragonés. That was the main agreement between the two since both confirmed that they maintain immovable positions around claims of sovereignists such as amnesty, self-determination and a referendum of independence.

The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, will have the opportunity to launch again in the parliamentary headquarters his reproaches to Sánchez’s approach to the independentistas who believes that his only objective stay in power. Sánchez and Casado will launch mutual accusations also for the new open front around the next renewal of the members of the Court of Accounts, since the Government accuses the PP of adding another veto to the update of another constitutional body.

The controversy surrounding this renewal has gained momentum after this court has claimed a total of 5.4 million euros from more than a score of pro-independence leaders for the expenses derived from foreign promotion with public money from the illegal referendum of 1 October 2017.

Among the representatives of the rest of the parliamentary groups that will take the floor, there will be an opportunity to check if there is any modulation in the tone of the ERC spokesperson, Gabriel Rufián, once the meeting between Sánchez and Aragonés has been held.

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