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The PP criticizes the prolongation of the state of alarm and Ciudadanos considers that it is “excessive” that it is six months

Updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 11:46 AM

Published on: 26.10.2020 10:30

The government will bring to Congress the extension of the state of alarm until next May. The application of this instrument does not have to go through the hemicycle, but it must have the support of the majority of deputies to extend it beyond 15 days.

With the aim of achieving a single extension until May 9, Pedro Sánchez will take this measure to the Lower House tomorrow. As expected, after what has been announced by various political leaders, the executive will proceed with the nearly seven-month extension announced by the president yesterday.

All of this despite the fact that the People’s Party has not yet spoken on its position. Pablo Casado will fix the position of his team and reveal it throughout Monday. The chief executive has already requested his support for this measure by phone call. As laSexta has learned, the PP leadership wants to analyze the government’s approach well before making a decision.

José Luis Martínez-Almeida considers that “the state of alert deserves reflection” and, therefore, they ask for time to “study it from a legal and democratic point of view”. He considers that by extending it for six months, the government intends to “avoid justice”. “The measures will be adopted for six months without parliamentary or judicial oversight. We must ensure our rule of law,” he said.

The PP wants to analyze the government’s approach because it considers that it intends to “avoid justice”

Pedro Sánchez would also 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.

Parties would vote for

The PNV spokesperson in Congress positively assessed the state of alert decree at the national level. Aitor Esteban considers that the autonomous communities must equip themselves with “a tool which ensures security in decision-making” and recalls that, in this way, “powers are maintained” by the 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.

And, although they have not announced the direction of their vote, everything indicates that the independence parties will also vote in favor because Catalonia has also asked the government to declare a state of alert at the national level.

With the positions of these formations, Sánchez could achieve the extension until May 9. It would do so with the 120 seats of the PSOE, the 35 of United We Can, the 13 of Esquerra Republicana, the 10 of Ciudadanos and the 8 of Junts by Catalunya. In total, he would get 192 supporters without counting those from other formations, such as Teruel Existe or Compromís, who voted for all the extensions of the first state of alarm.

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