A new motion of censure against Pedro Sánchez shows that Spain fully entered the electoral year

The debate on the motion of no confidence that Vox has presented against the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, seeks to overthrow an Executive that he considers “rotten” (Reuters) (SUSANA VERA /)

Europe is in turmoil. After the motions of censure that the French government of the president was able to dodge without much ease Emmanuel Macronnow it is the turn of Spain. Pedro Sanchez refutes a similar presentation by ultra-conservatives of voxin a search oriented more to achieve centrality in an electoral year, than to run to the government of the current legislature.

Three months after its announcement and after multiple speculations about its characteristics, doubts that included even who would be in charge of a new government if the motion was approved, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascaldiscovers his artillery against Sánchez, while the People’s Party (PP) watch from afar.

This Tuesday the second motion of censure against the Prime Minister began, after a previous one promoted by the same party in times of the coronavirus pandemic. And just as happened with that one, which did not prosper, this one has no chance of adding the 176 required supports, especially due to the abstentions that the PP has advanced from Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

He Congress Plenary Hall The debate has begun after the impulse given to it by 52 deputies from the ultra-conservative formation that leads the economist as a candidate for an eventual Presidency of the Government Ramon Tamames. But not even having an independent candidate like this almost ninety-year-old politician, who has caused Abascal several upsets, will make this motion possible, which has been highlighted as “bizarre”.

To begin the first of the two days that this debate will take, Abascal based the initiative of his sector recognizing its purpose, “to put an end to this suicidal legislature and call elections.” Attacking everyone, he fired up the popular ones for their low “credibility” and sought to add wills to overthrow a government of “rot.”

Santiago Abascal (Reuters)
Santiago Abascal (Reuters) (SUSANA VERA /)

Counterattacking, as a strategy against the accusations, the President of the Government used the lectern to disqualify Abascal, ironize about the reasons for this initiative and question the PP leader for absenting himself from the venue, leaving, in his opinion, the appearance of not being able to hide the closeness with the ultraconservatives.

From the stands, Abascal and Sánchez have used the plenary to anticipate the political scenarios in view of the upcoming renewal of the Spanish legislature. The “degradation” of the current president was highlighted by the far-right when he argued that he has been “lying to the Spanish.” Sánchez pointed out the ideological similarities of Vox, and the “abstentionists” of the Popular Party.

The extreme right leader’s attacks were aimed at the decision to repeal the crimes of sedition and embezzlement, having approved a state of alarm later declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court and, among others, gender policies such as the “only law” yes is yes” or “trans”.

Although he considered him an “autocrat” and “despot”, Sánchez focused on turning the motion of censure into a campaign platform. Faced with the extreme right and the right, the only alternative to defend a progressive government would be its continuity, the Moncloa tenant outlined in his repertoire. Even the participation of the second vice president, Yolanda Diazsealed the idea of ​​rearranging the partners on the left so as not to allow the advance of the opposition.

The almost ninety-year-old candidate, Ramón Tamames, and the far-right leader Santiago Abascal during the session in the Spanish plenary session (Reuters)
The almost ninety-year-old candidate, Ramón Tamames, and the far-right leader Santiago Abascal during the session in the Spanish plenary session (Reuters) (SUSANA VERA /)

As planned, the candidate’s time arrived, although two and a half hours after the start of the day. Tamames’ turn was dedicated to defending a possible program for Spain, many points known after his proposal leaked. The “chosen” by Vox for this motion of censure made a plea to harshly criticize the economic decisions of the socialist government headed by Sánchez.

From the seat for his problems to be on his feet for a long time, he censured the Sánchez government for being “increasingly oppressive”, emphasizing that the coalition is a kind of “Frankenstein”. Meanwhile, he proposed to be the candidate to redirect the country with a call for general elections and hold them on May 28, making them coincide with the regional and municipal ones.

A stage set up as a firm mirror of what is already the legislative year, the rivals show their weapons, although some speak for their silence. The motion of censure is planned in two acts: this Tuesday the debate and the vote on Wednesday.

Although the curtain was raised punctually this morning, at 9:00 a.m., and during the day the deputies made their interventions, the completion of this sixth motion of censure since the 1978 Constitution cannot have the same accuracy for its deliberation.

In a climate charged by internal and external tensions, however, no one believes that it will end up advancing, like the fourth motion in 2018. This was the only one that has prospered, and it was the one that allowed Sánchez to access the Moncloa by gathering 180 votes in favor, 169 against and one abstention.

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