Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:05 AM
Published on: 10/21/2020 7:06 AM
Vox presents this Wednesday, October 21 the fifth motion of censure since the establishment of democracy. Santiago Abascal’s intention is to replace Pedro Sánchez as Prime Minister, although he is aware that his proposal was stillborn. Moreover, none of the previous four censure motions received less support.
The ultra-right formation will have only the “yes” of its 52 deputies. For a while there has been speculation about the position of the People’s Party, which has yet to secure its position – although it confirms that it will not support it. Inés Arrimadas, from Ciudadanos, goes even further: “Whoever presents a motion of censure in the middle of the second wave is irresponsible and has a moral problem”, she assured in an interview with ‘El Target this Sunday’ . In this way, your party will also vote against.
It will be the motion of censure
The debate begins this Wednesday at 9:00 am and will take place in accordance with the provisions of article 113 of the Constitution and 177 of the Rules of Congress. The first to take the gallery will be the Member responsible for defending the motion; in this case, Ignacio Garriga, Vox candidate for future elections in Catalonia.
Compared to the last two censure motions (both against Mariano Rajoy), Garriga would be the political equivalent of Irene Montero in 2017, who defended the replacement of the president in favor of Pablo Iglesias, and José Luis Ábalos in 2018, when Pedro Sánchez comes of age.
Members of government have the power to intervene at any time. Thus, they can respond to MP Vox if they deem it appropriate. However, if no one does, the next to appear will be Santiago Abascal, who can present without time limit the political program of the executive he hopes to form.
After Abascal’s intervention, if there is no response, Congress President Meritxell Batet will interrupt the meeting to take a break. On the way back, it is the turn of the parliamentary groups. The order works from the smallest to the largest number of seats: the Mixed Group will start with Tomás Guitarte, from Teruel Existe, and the PSOE will close. Abascal will respond to representatives individually, while they will be entitled to a ten-minute response.
Debate is expected to end on Thursday, when voting time is announced. The regulations establish that said vote will be public and by appeal. In addition, due to the health crisis, it is recommended that groups send no more than half of their MPs to vote, since the telematics option has been activated. To thrive, the Abascal squad will need to gather 176 votes, which will not happen.
The motion of censure to Pedro Sánchez, live on Al Rojo Vivo
Before 9:00 am, Antonio G. Ferreras launched a special live program on laSexta to cover the event. Thus, the parliamentary correspondents of LaSexta will provide all the information and analysis to the main political experts, who will help to interpret every gesture and every word of the protagonists.
Al Rojo Vivo will broadcast the arrivals of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Santiago Abascal, the promoter of the motion. Also on the web laSexta.com it will be possible to follow in streaming the session of the Congress and all the details minute by minute, with the chronicles of the journalists of laSexta.
Other motions of no confidence
In Spain, the only motion of censure that has taken place in the whole history of democracy is that led by Pedro Sánchez in 2018. The leader of the PSOE obtained 180 votes for and was able to replace Mariano Rajoy in the executive (all this after the judgment of the National High Court on the Gürtel case). Now, just a year ago, Parliament debated yet another no-confidence motion, this time proposed by Podemos. The vote ended with 170 votes against, 82 for and 97 abstentions. It therefore did not obtain the support necessary to become effective.
In 1980, the first motion of no confidence in history was given. Led by Felipe González, it aimed to oust President Adolfo Suárez from power. However, the result left the proposal in the water of borage: 166 votes against 152 for.
The second motion of censure was presented by Alianza Popular (AP) – the current Popular Party (PP) – against the socialist government of Felipe González in 1987. The initiative, whose future was doomed, by the absolute majority of the PSOE in Congress, obtained 67 votes for and 195 against. Everything indicates that the Vox motion will follow a similar path, albeit with an even smaller number of votes in favor; especially after the rest of the parties refused to be part of the proposal.