Friday, December 8, 2023

The winding road to force an imminent investiture in Congress

No one doubts in Congress and all parties, from the Government, allies or opposition, that the investiture as president of Pedro Sánchez is close and there is only speculation about the specific date. In any case, it is a matter of days. The amnesty bill for the leaders of the independence process in Catalonia which unblocks completely everything, and which is intended to be signed by several parliamentary groups to give it more support and relevance, can be registered in the next hours, even before this. weekend, with the idea that the Congress Board will accept its processing before the investiture debate, which is intended to be resolved next week.

Carles Puigdemont, the leader of the Junts and former president of the Generalitat who escaped from justice, spoke on Monday afternoon in a room of the European Parliament for an hour different pending issues for the support of the seven basic deputies of that formation for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez with the Secretary of the Organization and number three of the PSOE, Santos Cerdán. Sources familiar with the speech confirmed that they also talked about the date of the debate, without specifying more, which in turn improves the possibility of the vote. In Congress, before, during and after the solemn session of swearing in the Constitution of Princess Leonor, all political actors in the country discussed different options for that session.

November 1 holiday. In the PSOE they have received instructions, at the highest level, not to leave Madrid in the coming days, after the holiday this Wednesday, with the expectation that the bill considering this amnesty can be registered in Congress this Thursday or Friday, before the weekend. It will be signed by many groups that will support the new coalition government led by Sánchez and they are working against the clock with the plan that even the Congressional Board will qualify it (accept and approve that it will start processing regularly, matter of In that investiture has not yet begun, in another political move of the conditions set by Puigdemont himself since the beginning of September to give his consent to the continuation of Sánchez in La Moncloa.

Meeting of the Congressional Board on Friday. The Board of Congress, which must approve the acceptance of all parliamentary initiatives, was called for this Friday at 10:00. The issue of amnesty is not on their agenda yet. The PSOE or Sumar can force it to be answered by taking it to the vote if it has been registered before, on Thursday. This is not the usual method, to insert a point to discuss as you go, nor is it the most pleasing to the previous president of the Parliament, the socialist Meritxell Batet, who did not allow it. But it is not forbidden.

Monday, November 6. A new meeting of the Board can also be scheduled, specifically about this and which is currently absent for next Monday the 6th, with the aim that the plenary session of the investiture will take place with the greatest urgency between Tuesday the 7th and Wednesday the 8th of November, in the first session and vote, leaving the mandatory 48 hours formal margin for a theoretical second vote if the first will not succeed, for Friday the 10th. The PP, with only four of the nine members of the Table against five of the progressive majority, will vote against and will more than likely request reports from the Chamber’s lawyers, who have previously spoken out against a similar proposal from ERC in 2021. Congress is in the middle of the process of relieving the senior lawyer and general secretary of the Chamber.

Congress of the European Socialist Party on November 11. Pedro Sánchez reserved Saturday the 11th to go to Malaga for the closing of a congress of the European Socialist Party, which has been meeting there since the previous day, and wants to come as president on full duty and off duty. In the PSOE and the Sumar, and in other allied formations, the possibility of Sánchez being elected in the first round of the absolute majority is only considered if the agreement concluded with the Junts, ERC, PNV, EH Bildu and BNG. But the official calendar should provide for a second vote.

Trip of the Kings from November 6 to 8. The next week, moreover, is tortuous because it is full of events, events and trips that can change these predictions. On Monday the 6th the kings began a state visit to Denmark at the invitation of Queen Margaret which should end on the evening of Wednesday the 8th and which has been postponed twice. If the investiture is successful, the president of the Cortes, Francina Armengol, must go to La Zarzuela to inform Felipe VI. And immediately the new Government will be formed and take office.

Control session of the Senate on Tuesday, November 7. For Tuesday of next week, the Senate Board has set a control session for the acting Government this past Monday, which is the first of this 15th legislature in its strategy to use that institution where the PP has an absolute majority to block the Government’s amnesty plans. . The questions for the president and the ministers should be squared before this Thursday. The Government is obliged to attend these sessions, or to justify and compensate for its possible absence. Three ministers have already done so. If there is an investiture in Congress on Tuesday the 7th, the Senate should hurry to meet its Board to cancel that session.

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