Posted: Monday October 26, 2020 2:51 PM
The Council of Ministers, this time in ordinary session, will approve this Tuesday the decree by which Congress is invited to extend the state of alert until May 9 of next year. The intention is for it to be debated and voted on in the lower house this Thursday.
But in the past few hours, several voices have emerged that question the six-month period and call it “excessive.” Pablo Casado, in fact, conditioned the support of the Popular Party to limit this state of alert for eight weeks.
“For the majority support of the Cortes and there is unity, we ask the government to limit the mandate. It cannot exceed eight weeks. We allow the contagion curve to stabilize and limit mobility on the main bridges”, Casado pointed out. .
Marié demands that this not last more than eight weeks and that the law of public health measures be amended to vote in favor
The government has already replied: “The president was transparent, crystalline. This term obeys the criteria of experts and this government takes science into account ”, defended the Minister of Territorial Policy and the Public Service. “The term is not fixed, but it will depend on the evolution of the pandemic. The state of alert will last for the time strictly necessary,” added Carolina Darias.
“We appeal to common sense and scientific sense of all political forces. The PP must abandon its conditions and must replace these conditions with the recommendations of the experts. Six months with the commitment that the state of alarm would not be there for another day the time necessary “, added the minister at the end of the Conference of the autonomous presidents. The truth is that apart from the PP, the executive will proceed in a predictable way in Congress to the extension announced by the President Sánchez this Sunday.
“We appeal to the scientific sense of all political forces. The PP must abandon its conditions
Pedro Sánchez would have the support of Ciudadanos, although with nuances. Already on Friday, Inés Arrimadas argued that the votes of his group were available to the president to approve a state of alert. A tool which, according to what he stressed this Sunday after hearing the government’s announcement, is “necessary to apply energetic measures”.
“Our goal is to avoid a lockdown like the one in March and for that, we must take strong action. We are going to be a responsible party, a State party, a party that always thinks of the general interest. But we say to the Spanish government that take the reins, that it cannot continue to try to draw its responsibility near the autonomous communities ”, he indicated on social networks.
Although, in an interview with “Cadena Ser”, he stressed that the extension was “excessive”. “Six months is a long time, it is too much to approve a single extension.” An aspect that, he said, the Orange formation will continue to negotiate.
ERC also doesn’t share such a long extension
Esquerra Republicana believes that the six-month extension cannot be granted because “more frequent parliamentary scrutiny is needed”. In this sense, Marta Vilalta has indicated that she would explore “the full margin” before making a decision on her position.
“We have not decided on the vote, there is room, but we will make that decision when we have explored these requests. We are asking for more room to see the evolution of everything,” he said.
In this sense, it should be remembered that Catalonia was one of the autonomies that asked the government to apply the state of alert at the national level to have greater legal coverage.
The one who positively valued the decree of this measure was the spokesperson for the PNV in Congress. Aitor Esteban believes that communities must equip themselves with “a tool that ensures security in decision-making” and recalls that, in this way, “powers are maintained” by regional executives. This was stated in an interview on “Radio Euskadi”, in which he said that they would vote in favor of the extension, as Urkullu was the first to demand this measure.
How many votes do you need? The vote will require more votes for than against to pass. In principle, Sánchez would have enough votes, with 120 from the PSOE and 35 from Unidos Podemos totaling 155, but it is foreseeable that the PNV and the Junts and ERC will support him, since the Basque and Catalan governments were among the first to ask the executive to declare the state of alarm.