Meritxell Batet justifies the closure of Congress annulled by the TC in which it was limited in time

The judgment of the Constitutional Court against the decision of the Congress Bureau to restrict the activity of the House and suspend the computation of the te

Meritxell Batet justifies the closure of Congress annulled by the TC in which it was limited in time

The judgment of the Constitutional Court against the decision of the Congress Bureau to restrict the activity of the House and suspend the computation of the terms of initiatives of the Parliamentary Groups, as well as the Plenos between March 7 and April 13 2020, that is, during the toughest stage of the pandemic, the immediate reaction of VOX has obtained, the political force that appealed in Amparo before the High Court to understand that the Decision seriously violated the Constitution.

Macarena Olona, General Secretary of the Parliamentary Group, has demanded the immediate resignation of the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, who has accused "Kidnapping Congress" and "Give an institutional coup" since, although the decision of The Bureau is a collegiate, took place with the vote and connivance of the President who, in VOX's opinion, should have veiled due to the maintenance of the activity of the congress and his control of the government just at a time when The pandemic required extreme surveillance mechanisms and accountability to preserve fundamental rights.

For his part, Meritxell Batet has issued a statement in which he shows his "absolute respect" to the sentence but in which he has also replicated the Guarantee Court himself by recalling that the decision to suspend the plenary sessions in Congress was taken " After other constitutional organs, including the Constitutional Court, shall make similar decisions "to restrict their activity.

In this sense, it justifies that this suspension had a duration "limited in time" and that for all purposes "it was only effective for 18 business days" and was limited to the terms applicable to the presentation of amendments to legislative initiatives and to the Computing those related to written control initiatives.

Batet has responded that the Congress "continued to meet without the interruption of its functioning", which telematics were introduced for this (such as telematic vote) according to the "instructions" of the health authorities and that were held full Comparencias by the Government President, Pedro Sánchez.

Thus, he collects that there were two plenary sessions in March, four in April, four other in May, nine in June and six in July. Similarly, he maintains that this functioning was also given in the work of the commissions in that period with 16 meetings of the 80 appointments healing commission that were held in the group as a whole.

"In short, the Chamber continued to process all parliamentary initiatives, with special attention to those related to the statement and extension of the state of alarm, the government appearances and the validation of real decrees-laws, as well as the maintenance of parliamentary control, That he was never suspended, responding in that period of eighteen business days to more than a thousand questions from the deputies, "he replied.

The PP has attacked the government after the decision of the High Court. In the opinion of his parliamentary spokesman, Cuca Gamarra, this sentence reaffirms the "systematic" vulneration of fundamental rights by the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

Gamarra has remembered that the PP did not support "from the first minute" the agreement of the Bureau because he understood that Congress could not be closed as the deputies had to be able to exercise their rights to control to the Government as guarantors of the rights and freedoms of the Spanish.

He has also congratulated the match of Santiago Abascal and has applauded the sentence of the Constitution that, in his opinion, supposes "a new Varapalo" to the Government because it comes to "reaffirm" that has been "a steamwork of fundamental rights" during the pandemic, in This case of the political rights of the deputies, reports Europa Press.

From United we can, its spokesman, Pablo Echenique, has justified the closure of parliamentary activity by recalling that it was carried out when the Vox Group itself was quarantined by the positive of its Secretary General, Javier Ortega Smith.

In his opinion, the Congress table tried to "take the best decisions" after maintaining "a lot of debate", and "was the Vox group who asked that the activity be temporarily suspended because they were quarantined."

Updated Date: 08 October 2021, 11:22

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