The PP will summon Armengol in the Senate in an unprecedented institutional crisis

The seams of the Spanish bicameral parliamentary system are under unprecedented tension in the current legislature.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
01 April 2024 Monday 10:21
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The PP will summon Armengol in the Senate in an unprecedented institutional crisis

The seams of the Spanish bicameral parliamentary system are under unprecedented tension in the current legislature. To the point that the president of Congress, the third authority of the State after the King and the president of the Government, will be called to testify to an investigative commission in the Senate, where the PP, which exercises the opposition in the Lower House, has absolute majority and imposes its rules.

This unprecedented institutional clash had its first chapter just a couple of weeks ago, when the PP urged Congress from the Senate to withdraw the Amnesty law under the threat of escalating a conflict between both legislative bodies to the Constitutional Court, and yesterday it intensified. even more so with the confirmation by the popular spokesperson, Borja Sémper, that Francina Armengol will be on the list of those appearing in the Koldo case, in which an alleged plot is being investigated that “was funded with the mask business at its worst.” pandemic".

“It is a commission that is beginning to show its clear desire for political use,” alleged sources close to the president of the Chamber, who, while waiting for the legal services to rule on how to proceed in such an exceptional circumstance, offers his total availability, as Armengol herself announced in the unusual press conference she held at the Congress desk shortly after the scandal broke out.

In any case, after those formed in the Balearic Parliament and Congress, yesterday afternoon the Senate commission was established, which will be chaired by the popular Eloy Suárez and which, as Sémper announced in the morning, will “urgently” call the former Balearic president: “How is it possible that she continues to be president of Congress?” exclaimed the spokesperson after alluding to the new revelations in the summary.

“If this information is confirmed – referring to the actions of Koldo García during his time as advisor to the Ministry of Transport so that the Balearic Government contracted with one of the companies in the investigated plot – it would be extremely serious,” said Sémper, who He included former Minister José Luis Ábalos in this “direct dialogue.”

Hence, he maintained, Pedro Sánchez maintained his capacity by allowing the Valencian deputy, today expelled from the socialist group, to be on the Congress lists in the last general elections, when he had already been abruptly dismissed as minister and organization secretary. . “The PSOE resists, but everything will end up being known,” predicted Sémper, who, given the “drip” or “stream” of news that will happen each week, recommended that the President of the Government tell what he knows “before of being asked by a judge” or of being summoned to a commission: “We tell Pedro Sánchez to move forward, to be transparent and demand responsibilities.”

“We do not know the judicial consequences, but there must be political responsibilities,” claimed the PP spokesperson, for whom the scope of the case is clear: “Sometimes joining the dotted line is easy: if Koldo, who was an advisor to Ábalos, “He walked around the ministries with an unusual audacity for someone of his rank, and if Ábalos was a prominent member of the PSOE and had a very close relationship with the president, it seems reasonable to reach the conclusion that Sánchez knew it,” he argued.

So much so that the PP leader did not rule out also requesting the appearance of the President of the Government in the Senate commission, as well as that of his wife, Begoña Gómez, in the target for her alleged professional links with Air Europa, a company rescued by the Executive: “We are analyzing what is the best way to know the whole truth. Time to time,” Sémper challenged.