The Senate formalizes the veto of the amnesty and abandons the conflict with Congress

The Popular Party has given up and has used its absolute majority in the Upper House to formally request that the Senate withdraw the conflict of powers opened with Congress on account of the Amnesty law, understanding that this parliamentary seat has not responded to the request of “ correct way”, since the refusal was made by the Board and by the Plenary of this institution.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 04:20
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The Senate formalizes the veto of the amnesty and abandons the conflict with Congress

The Popular Party has given up and has used its absolute majority in the Upper House to formally request that the Senate withdraw the conflict of powers opened with Congress on account of the Amnesty law, understanding that this parliamentary seat has not responded to the request of “ correct way”, since the refusal was made by the Board and by the Plenary of this institution. A measure that suggests the existence of conflicting positions within the PP regarding the suitability of this resource.

The Popular Party, who had until this Friday the margin to recant, presented this Tuesday to the Senate Board this request for withdrawal, which was approved by this governing body minutes before the Plenary Session began. A session in which, after 3:00 p.m., the veto of the amnesty law was approved for being an “act of political corruption” that aims to guarantee the “chair” of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in reference to the fact that in this way He managed to get ERC and Junts to support him in the last investiture.

This means that the conflict of powers approved on April 10 - something never used in 45 years of democracy - has become void, meaning that the Constitutional Court will not be resorted to, which is the last step contemplated for these cases.

The PP initiative indicates that the agreement of the Congressional Board of April 16, by which it responded to the Senate's request regarding the conflict of powers, is "null in accordance with the most basic rules of validity of the acts." It is understood that the power to respond lies with the Plenary Session of the Lower House.

Likewise, they indicate that this agreement is “hindering the exercise by the Senate of its right to raise the conflict,” since they consider that “the purpose of the request is completely frustrated if it is answered by the body that is not competent.” .

The popular ones affirm that the governing body of the Lower House, lacking the competence to give such a response, has supplanted the Plenary in the conflict and has robbed it of the possibility of ruling on this matter, thereby harming the fundamental rights of political representation. of all the deputies and the citizens they represent.

Regarding the Plenary Session, the veto of this norm promoted by the PP also received the support of Vox and UPN. While PSOE, Más Madrid and the nationalist formations positioned themselves against it. The amnesty, therefore, returns to Congress where the socialists and their parliamentary partners must lift this veto and definitively approve the law.

The PP spokesperson, Alicia García, called the amnesty “power marketing” and “an act of profound political corruption” so that Sánchez can remain in La Moncloa. And the popular senator Antonio Silván also joined her to denounce that if the PSOE is committed to eliminating the crimes of the participants in the process "it is not for Spain or for our Constitution: it is for Sánchez's chair."

On the contrary, the PSOE, Más Madrid and the nationalist formations accused the popular parties of having used the Senate in a partisan manner against the amnesty and defended that it is a measure that helps improve the situation in Catalonia.

Thus, Antonio Magdaleno, of the PSOE, pointed out that this Sunday's Catalan elections have shown that a majority of the inhabitants of this community "have turned the page" in pursuit of "reconciliation." While the socialist, Txema Oleaga, also listed in a highly applauded speech, all the measures that the PP initially rejected and that, over the years, they not only celebrate but benefit from them. From gay marriage to the abortion law, the divorce law or the point-based license. "Do you agree with your then leaders or with the Socialist Party?" He asked the popular bench to the applause of his people.

Uxue Barkos, from Geroa Bai, also intervened in the debate to call what the PP has done with the amnesty in the Senate “pure theatre” and “astracanada”. .