Since September 5 Carles Puigdemont set a amnesty as a necessary condition to support his investment, Pedro Sánchez avoids saying this word. became a forbidden word for the acting President of the Government long ago, since the 23-J election, despite always being on the lips of all his colleagues and repeated questions from the press.
On Thursday he took a first timid step by acknowledging that he was negotiating, although the one who uttered the unspeakable word was the journalist who asked the question. But until this Friday when Sánchez uttered the word “amnesty” for the first time. And he justified it by claiming that it “overcoming judicial consequences”in the crisis of Catalonia in 2017.
“We know about Sumar’s proposal, as We also know the proposal of other political parties regarding amnestywhich is another way to try to overcome the judicial consequences of the situation experienced in Spain in one of the worst territorial crises in the history of democracy in 2017,” said Sánchez during the last press conference of the EU summit in Granada.
The PSOE leader distanced himself from Sumar’s proposal, but he also did not want to give any details about his amnesty plan. “I cannot expect an agreement until that agreement is done, because we are in full negotiations (…) Therefore, the agreements will be known when these agreements are concluded. There is no agreement until everything is agreed, simple as that,” Sánchez said.
“When the agreements are announced, do not doubt, they will be public, transparent and therefore validated by the legislative branch. And even if they want to appeal to the Constitutional Court of the opposition, also in the Constitutional Court. Totally democratic normality,” he said.
Sánchez has insisted several times that his negotiations with Catalan separatists will respond to the mandate of the polls. “The logical thing is that I negotiated with the parliamentary groups to have a royal investiture, and to fulfill the mandate of Spanish men and women. And that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.
“Spanish democracy is working to give direction and fulfill the mandate that came from the polls on July 23 (…) The Spaniards spoke, they told us what the parliamentary representation of each of the groups is. And so the duty of all the parties is to try to work to understand each other and achieve a Spanish Government as soon as possible, and that’s what I’m doing,” said the PSOE leader.
Finally, Sánchez repeated his well-known argument that “no one in Spain can dispute that now The situation in Catalonia is much better which is in the year 2017 and has election results.