The president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol, claimed “dialogue”, “consensus” and “the power of the people” to respect the “values of the Constitution” during the speech before the swearing in of the Constitution of Princess Leonor, on her 18th birthday.
In a speech in which the president of the Lower House mentioned the three poets in different co-official languages, already accepted by the Parliament, Armengol referred to the heir to the throne as a “worthy representative of this modern country open to the world” that is Spain. “A young woman, close to most sentiments of her generation,” said the president of the Congress, referring to this “historic act” as “a sample of the princess’s commitment to the citizens” as well as “the public expression of respect for. our Constitution and the rest of the legal system”.
“Now, in this country, in this temple of the word, we honor the system that we govern ourselves. We are all under the Law and serve the values of the Constitution. our government of laws. Our society is based on this system and this system of our society. They cannot ignore each other. They walk together and together they must overcome the passage of time, adapting to needs, to transitions, to the future. historical,” continued Armengol in front of a Congress where the three acting ministers of the Government (Belarra and Montero, from Podemos, and Garzón, from IU) were not present. Representatives of the Basque, Catalan and Galician nationalist parties were also absent.
This demand for the Magna Carta has a special relevance in the middle of the negotiations between the PSOE candidate and acting president, Pedro Sánchez, with the Catalan and Basque nationalists to reissue the coalition government. A few days ago, the socialist leader admitted the amnesty demanded by independent Catalans as a necessary step to promote coexistence. “In the name of Spain and for the interest of Spain,” he defended a few days ago in an event of his party.
The president of the Congress emphasized that “the oath of the princess represents a strong commitment to this free and democratic present, rooted in the past that we cannot forget in order to have a better future.” “An alliance with Spain today, which is the responsibility of all to perfect through dialogue and consensus, respecting its plurality, its diversity and making the strength and coexistence of our flag, so it is like in the breadth of a generous heart” , added.
Armengol referred to the act of taking the oath of the Constitution as a “commitment to our political system on which we have built recent history” and which “gives power through our institutions gathered today in this house to those who truly belong: the sovereign people”.
The president of the Congress assured that “in these 45 years” of democracy “our society has changed and the institutions have adapted to the changes, as it should continue to happen.” “This has allowed us to reach today as a unified, modern democracy, anchored in the Magna Carta that has brought the greatest period of stability and development to this country,” he added.
At the beginning of his historic speech, Armengol examined the changes experienced in Spain at the social and political level in the 37 years that have passed since Felipe VI took the oath of the Constitution as his daughter Leonor did today Tuesday. “It’s been 37 years and we are a stronger and deeply democratic and free country,” he said.
Armengol praised the figure of Leonor, whom he called “a young woman, close to the majority sentiments of her generation.” After listing the various challenges facing society, and especially young people, the president of the Congress assured that “a young woman in Spain means knowing that facing all of them challenges are the only way to walk towards a future worth living.” clear” . “We all have to do this together,” he said.
After quoting a poem by the Valencian Vicent Andrés Estellés – “what is valuable is the awareness of being nothing if one is not a people” – Armengol assured that “what is valuable is our commitment to the people, always and above everything else.” “. “Democracy is nothing but the power of the people,” he added.
At the end of his speech, the president of Congress quoted the man who became president of Congress in 1986, when Felipe VI was sworn in, Gregorio Peces-Barba, one of the fathers of the Constitution: “The only form of harmony between all. The Spanish are the Parliament, model of progress and freedom”. “That harmony must continue on our horizon. Today, tomorrow and always,” he concluded.