Pedro Sánchez: "The emeritus king should give explanations"

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, said this Thursday during an interview in La Sexta that the emeritus king should give explanations to the Spanish for the investigations he has open for alleged tax crimes. Asked directly about it, he has responded with a forceful: “In my opinion, yes.” “It would be convenient for King Juan Carlos to say, indeed, what is his opinion on all these events that are disturbing information,” he added. The Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office announced at the beginning of October that it was renouncing to file a complaint against Juan Carlos I for the legal obstacles to request his imputation, a decision that has opened the door to a possible return of the emeritus to Spain, on which it has assured not have information. Likewise, it has affirmed that the public prosecutor and the Tax Agency have acted with the former head of the State in the same way that they would have done with any other citizens: “We are not doing any exercise of favoritism.” In any case, the president wanted to highlight the “commitment to regeneration of the current head of state.”

In addition, Sánchez has assured that the agreement with the PP to renew the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), whose mandate expired more than 1,000 days ago, is “closer.” This advance in the negotiations with the popular ones comes after they have agreed, expressly and in less than 24 hours, the renewal of the rest of the high institutions with expired power: the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts, the Defender of the Pueblo and the Data Protection Agency. In Sánchez’s opinion, the agreement reached this Thursday highlights the “unreason” of keeping the renewal of the governing body of the judges blocked, and has reiterated that an “advantageous interpretation of legality” cannot be made: “There is no It makes sense that the PP unblocks four institutions and let’s not do the same with the CGPJ ”. Although he thanked the main opposition party for the “effort” to accept the renewal of the other organs, he urged that the effort be complete.

Regarding the price of electricity, which continues to beat historical highs and is, since the summer, the main headache of the Government, the president has reaffirmed the commitment that he announced in EL PAÍS that, by the end of the year, the average of the electricity bill will be similar to that of 2018, “discounting inflation.” In addition, it has expressed the need to review the operation of the electricity market and has opted for a common European strategy to negotiate better conditions with gas-producing countries, but for the moment it seems off the table. In addition to the high prices per kilowatt hour, the appointment of the former socialist leader Antonio Miguel Carmona as vice president of Ibredrola Spain has called into question the government’s action in this matter. In this regard, Pedro Sánchez has limited himself to answering: “They will know”, referring to the company’s decision.

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