“We can not wait any longer“, the president of the United We Can parliamentary group, Jaume Asens, declared this Tuesday, demanding that the PSOE to reactivate the reform of the General Council of the Judiciary. The purple leader has assured that the “lack of cooperation from the PP“In order to renew the body of the judges, it makes clear the need for a change in the law that reduces the majority necessary to elect the members of the CGPJ.
After the “umpteenth door slam of the PP”, Asens said, it is necessary take out of the freezer the reform presented by the PSOE and United We Can to modify the election of the General Council of the Judiciary and which Pedro Sánchez later paralyzed as a gesture of goodwill towards Pablo Casado. “The term that the PP was given has already ended,” Asens stressed. As he explained, among the intentions of United We Can is that once Budgets get the go-ahead this week in Congress, the Government resume the reform.
In reference to the words of the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, last Monday, about the imminence of an agreement with the conservatives, Asens has criticized, at first, that this pact had been reached without the intervention of United We Can. However, just an hour later he has rectified, arguing that the person in charge of Justice had been misinterpreted and that such an understanding did not exist: “The PP’s own response certifies that there is no such agreement“.
The purple alliances
In the bill presented by socialists and purple it is stipulated that the renewal of the CGPJ will continue to need a stronger majority (three fifths of the House) in a first vote. If it does not succeed, in the second vote, only an absolute majority (half plus one of the Chamber) would be needed. To reach this figure, Asens has affirmed that the approval of the public accounts marks the way forward with the majority of the investiture.
Further, among Pablo Iglesias’ plans is to consolidate relations with ERC, PNV and EH Bildu. In the second vice presidency they argue that introducing these parties into the CGPJ negotiation would be a good way to build bridges, although their participation would only be possible if the reform is carried out.
The pressure of the purple leader has also been aimed at force the release of imprisoned Catalan politicians. As he said, “it would be positive” if they were free to face the Catalan elections on February 14. The ways to achieve this, he has listed, are pardons, which he says are “a figure that is intended for some cases is for these”, and the reform of the crime of the Penal Code and the crime of sedition.
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