VOX lodges a Formal Complaint Against Sánchez and Puigdemont to the Supreme Court of Spain
The political climate in Spain has taken a dramatic turn as the far-right party VOX has initiated legal action against two prominent figures in Spanish politics. On the forefront of this legal struggle is the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the prominent leader of the Together for Catalonia (Junts per Catalunya) party, Carles Puigdemont.
Allegations of Political Misconduct
The VOX party’s statement released on social media emphasizes their legal move, stating, “VOX files a complaint against Sánchez and Puigdemont in the Supreme Court and requests as a precautionary measure the suspension of the investiture plenary session.” Santiago Abascal, the leader of VOX, detailed the allegations implicating not only individuals but also political entities:
- The Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE)
- Together for Catalonia
They are accused of engaging in “the crimes of bribery, concealment of crimes, usurpation of functions of the judiciary, and negotiations prohibited to public officials.”
Contested Investiture Debate
The Congress of Deputies (Lower House of Parliament) of Spain scheduled an investiture debate with Pedro Sánchez as the nominee for the Presidency of the Government for November 15 and 16. This controversy surfaces in the wake of Sánchez securing the necessary votes for presidential appointment by finalizing an agreement with the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV).
Amidst these political negotiations, the PSOE and the Together for Catalonia party reached a consensus where amnesty would be granted to Catalan separatists in return for votes from political factions of that region. This arrangement would aid Sánchez in securing his investiture.
Combining these votes with the support from the Sumar coalition, the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Euskal Herria Bildu (EH Bildu), the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG), and the Canarian Coalition (CC), Sánchez achieved 179 parliamentary supports, tipping the scales three seats above the absolute majority required.
Political Landscape Post Elections
After facing defeat to the opposition Popular Party (PP) in municipal elections, Sánchez took a bold step on May 29 to dissolve the Cortes Generales and push forward the general elections to July 23. The elections resulted in the center-right PP seizing 136 seats, and the left-wing PSOE attaining 122 out of 350 positions in Parliament, thus necessitating a coalition for Sánchez to clinch the absolute majority and reaffirm his governance.
Potential implications of these accusations could disrupt the political fabric of Spain and question the participatory proceedings that have recently culminated. VOX’s actions suggest a deep-seated discontent with the established procedures and an endeavor to recalibrate the balance of power.
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