The president of Congress maintains the debate despite the opposition's request for suspension

The president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, has decided to continue the session in which they debate, in one go, the reform of the crimes of sedition and embezzlement, as well as the system of election of the members of the Constitutional Court, to despite requests for suspension requested by opposition groups.

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15 December 2022 Thursday 07:31
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The president of Congress maintains the debate despite the opposition's request for suspension

The president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, has decided to continue the session in which they debate, in one go, the reform of the crimes of sedition and embezzlement, as well as the system of election of the members of the Constitutional Court, to despite requests for suspension requested by opposition groups.

"In defense of the legislative power of this Chamber and also in defense of the procedure and the debate that responds only to a deliberative democracy, we are going to continue with the plenary session convened by regulation" the president of Congress argued before the requests raised by PP, VOX and Citizens.

The three groups have requested the protection of the presidency of the Chamber, before the start of the plenary debate in which these reforms will be debated, in individual issues exposed from their respective benches in the chamber.

The spokesperson for the PP, Cuca Gamarra, has requested protection from the presidency because she considers that the reform of the election system for the members of the Constitutional Court should not be debated within the framework of a reform of the Penal Code. VOX, for its part, has argued that the Constitutional Court is studying an appeal to this reform and has urged the Chamber to wait until the High Court has deliberated.

The spokesperson for Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, for her part, went further and warned the president of Congress of her responsibility if she continued with the plenary session, recalling the warning that she made to the then president of Parliament five years ago, Carmen Forcadell.

Minutes later, Esquerra's spokesman, Gabriel Rufián, stressed the seriousness of what the leader of the orange party said, since Carme Forcadell "ended up in jail," recalled the deputy.

The president of Congress has rejected the arguments of the three groups and has decided to continue with the full moment in which the VOX deputies have left the chamber.

The spokesperson for the PP, Cuca Gamarra, during her fiery speech in plenary session, has admitted that the Penal Code or the law of the Constitutional Court can be reformed "but with guarantees." For the spokesperson, what is being debated today is “the demolition of the rule of law. What is broken today is the primacy of the law: that there are politicians who legislate for other politicians who are above the law”.

Gamarra has wondered "on which page of Pedro Sánchez's electoral program does any of this appear?" The PP spokesperson has also criticized the fact that the Prime Minister is not present in the chamber. Sánchez participates today in the European summit in Brussels.

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