The Council of Ministers this Friday authorized the president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, to appeal before him constitutional Court the proposal of candidacy of Carles Puigdemont to be invested president of the Generalitat, as announced by the vice president of the central executive, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, and the spokesperson, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, after the meeting. Thus, the Constitutional Court will foreseeably suspend, before next Tuesday, the appointment of Puigdemont as a candidate for president; It will do so with a resolution in which, in addition, it will warn the members of the Table of their obligation to obey.
The Executive of Rajoy thus maintains its criteria to appeal that candidacy signed by Roger Torrent and to do so despite having the discrepant criterion of the Council of State, which does not believe that it is the moment to go to the Constitutional Court.
The appeal is presented “with all due respect to the opinion of the Council of State,” explained the vice president of the Spanish Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría.
Sáenz de Santamaría believes that it is the way to “prevent someone who has fled from justice from being illegitimately invested and leading an autonomous government.”
“We have a constitutional duty to do everything legally possible to prevent legality from being violated with respect to procedures,” remarked the Spanish vice president, who considers that the Executive to which it belongs continues to have sufficient legal arguments “to move forward” and avoid a “new affront to the Catalans”.
Asked about the doubts of parties such as the PSOE about her decision to maintain the appeal, the vice president said that the Government consulted with some formations and that they received their “endorsement.”
The Constitutional sources consulted by Efe have also explained that, a priori, not all magistrates are in favor of admission, at least until we see in what terms the appeal is raised, which at noon this Friday had not yet entered the registry.
Puigdemont accuses the Government of Rajoy of “isolating” Spain, as 40 years ago
For its part, Carles Puigdemont today he accused the Government of Mariano Rajoy of “isolating” Spain “just like 40 years ago.” In a message on Twitter, Puigdemont has attached images of press headlines that echo the surveillance devices deployed by the Government on the borders and around the Parliament to prevent the JxCat leader from attending the plenary session convened in person for January 30.
“They have always falsely accused us of wanting to raise borders. And it turns out that they have ended up doing it. Just like 40 years ago, isolated from Europe by land, sea and air. Physically, legally and democratically isolated. It is panic at the will of the people. “, has denounced.
We have always been falsely accused of wanting to raise borders. And it turns out they ended up doing it. Like 40 years ago, isolated from Europe by land, sea and air. Physically, legally and democratically isolated. Is it the panic in the popular will? pic.twitter.com/X7vMABMapv
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) Jan 26, 2018