The president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol, gave a speech this Tuesday in the Lower House of Parliament on the occasion of Princess Leonor’s swearing in the Constitution. The third authority of the State dedicated his words to the “diversity” of Spain and quoted the verses of various Valencian, Galician and Basque poets.
Armengol turned to the verses of poets Vicente Andrés EstellésValencian; Felipe JuaristiGuipuzcoan and Xohana Torres, Coruña. In addition, he greets and says goodbye in co-official languages.
It should be noted that Armengol is the president in charge of authorizing the use of co-official languages in Congress debates, a new term after the demands of the pro-independence parties of the PSOE. For her part, the Princess is fluent in Catalan and has some knowledge of Galician and Basque.
“Today we are a plural, open and European Spain that, through its diversity, faces the challenges of a world of deep mutation and suffering conflicts that we never expected to witness in this 21st century ,” he said.
“We are a united country, respectful, aware and proud of its diversity. An open and prosperous country, where social peace allows coexistence and where the welfare of citizens is pursued. A country whose society is an example of tolerance and unity “, added.
As Armengol says, The Princess’ oath represents “an alliance with Spain today”. And he said that it is “everyone’s responsibility to perfect” that country “through dialogue and consensus, respecting its diversity, its multiplicity, and creating strength and togetherness in our flag.”
Armengol also mentioned, on two occasions, Gregorio Peces-Barba, who was president of the Congress when the father of the Princess, Philip VIlived in the same work and took the oath of the Constitution in 1986. The current monarch took the oath on the same copy of the Magna Carta that his daughter did today.
“This historic act shows the commitment of the Crown Princess to our citizens. Since the oath of Mrs. Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz is a public expression of respect for our Constitution and respect for others in our legal system, “Armengol assured.
The president also wanted to highlight the profile of the Princess as a woman and as a young woman. He described her as “a young woman, close to most sentiments of her generation”. “A young person who knows that the prosperous and modern country that we are has important challenges ahead,” he assured.
“Young people, and I quote the words of the Princess, ‘have a lot to contribute, they can be important and show the responsibility to think about a fairer, more sustainable and better world for everyone,’ ” said Armengol.
“To be a young woman in today’s Spain, as the Princess of sturias, is to know that facing these challenges is the only way to walk towards a future worthy of living.