The PNV and the PSE show harmony in the new Basque Parliament, which Bakartxo Tejeria will preside over

The Basque legislature started this Tuesday with an image of continuity: with the jeltzale Bakartxo Tejeria elected president of the Basque Parliament again - for the fourth time - and the parliamentarians of PNV and PSE showing harmony.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 05:25
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The PNV and the PSE show harmony in the new Basque Parliament, which Bakartxo Tejeria will preside over

The Basque legislature started this Tuesday with an image of continuity: with the jeltzale Bakartxo Tejeria elected president of the Basque Parliament again - for the fourth time - and the parliamentarians of PNV and PSE showing harmony. The Basque nationalists and the socialists have staged the first pact of the mandate, sharing, in addition to the presidency of the Chamber, the vice presidency - which has been for the socialists - and, in total, three of the five seats at the Table, and advancing that the government pact that will make possible the investiture of Imanol Pradales as Lehendakari is a matter of little time.

The new Board of the Basque Parliament, the governing body of the Chamber, has been elected without surprises in three votes, one for the Presidency, another for the vice-presidencies and the third for the secretaries.

Bakartxo Tejeria has been elected president of the Basque Parliament thanks to 27 votes from the PNV and 12 from the PNV parliamentarians. The first vice presidency has gone to the socialist Susana Corcuera, while the jeltzale Ion Aiartza will occupy the first secretary. EH Bildu, which has the same parliamentarians as the PNV, will have two representatives on the Board: Eba Blanco and Eraitz Sáez de Egilaz. The parliamentarians of the PP (7) Sumar (1) and Vox (1) are left without representation in this body.

The president of the Basque Parliament, Bakartxo Tejeria, has inaugurated the thirteenth Basque legislature with appeals to the need to “materialize a new status of relationship with the State” and for dialogue and agreement to characterize parliamentary functioning for the next four years.

In his first intervention before the plenary session of the Basque Chamber, Tejeria has advocated for “formalizing and making possible an update and expansion of the present Basque self-government” through an “agreement with the State that responds to the majority demands of the Parliament of Euskadi.” .

“We have to update our self-government and materialize a new relationship status with the State. It is unavoidable to address in depth the debate on the territorial model of the State and the effective recognition of its plurinational character,” he demanded.

For the rest, the new Basque Parliament has started its journey, as happened in the previous one, with a majority of women, 39 out of 75, and with 33 new faces.

The second plenary session of the legislature will be held on Thursday, with the only item on the agenda to appoint the Provisional Committee on Incompatibilities of parliamentarians, which will submit its opinion to the plenary session on May 23, one day before the start of the session. campaign for the European elections on June 9.

In that plenary session, on May 23, the president will announce the date of the next one, that of the Lehendakari's investiture, which will be held in mid-June, expectedly after the European elections.