The Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños, and the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, have had the first contact to reach an agreement on the renewal of the constitutional bodies. This Wednesday the leader of the popular, Pablo Casado, threw the glove at Pedro Sanchez during the control session in Congress. The Prime Minister agreed to reach an understanding with the Popular Party but without giving independence to the Judiciary.
Being late, the first approach was held between the main opposition party and the Executive to agree on the renewal of the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts and the Ombudsman. Pablo Casado himself challenged Sánchez to sit down and renew these organizations whose mandates had expired, leaving aside the thorny renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, where the positions are still distant.
Pedro Sánchez’s answer was affirmative and also made it clear that the Judicial Power did not play this time, since the Executive completely refuses to comply with the demand of the Popular Party to give complete independence to the judges and that they are the ones who decide on its governing bodies.
Bolaños understands that Casado’s offer supposes a rectification: “The PP seems that today it has finally rectified its blocking position, and it seems that today it finally wants to comply with the Constitution and the law, at least in part. Welcome the PP to the Constitution ”, affirmed the minister, who by telephone summoned Teodoro García Egea to meet this Wednesday without delay.
According to sources popular, the meeting that took place this afternoon has gone “smoothly” and both have agreed to continue the talks in the near future.
The progress by the Government and the PP in the renewal of the constitutional bodies that were still pending seems to touch the General Council of the Judiciary sideways. In fact, both parties have left their positions seated. For the moment, immovable. The PSOE wants to renew the governing body of the judges, while the PP first demands a reform so that the judges themselves are the ones who have in their hands the fate of their top officials in the CGPJ.
Both Casado and Sánchez have made clear their will to attend a renewal that was expected, but they also leave the thorniest issue for the end and where there are fewer possibilities of rapprochement at the moment.
This afternoon’s meeting represents an important advance since, so far, neither of the two majority parties had given their arm to twist.