The coup to the separation of powers known last night has already had a firm response from the third most voted party in Spain.
In a press conference, the president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, denounced the liquidation of "the last vestiges of the separation of powers" in Spain, accusing the government of directly threaten "the rights and freedoms of all Spaniards", and has indicated that "the time has come to present a new motion of censure", after the one presented by Vox two years ago and in which other opposition parties, such as the Popular Party and Ciudadanos, sided with the government. "The Vox Parliamentary Group will begin talks today to propose a neutral candidate, with government experience, who is not a member of any political party and who commits to calling immediate elections," Abascal said.
You can see here the complete video of the press conference (the video is in Spanish, you can activate the automatic subtitles in English in the bottom bar of the player):
Here you can read the English translation of the transcript of Abascal's speech, posted by Vox:
"Today, December 9, 2022, Mr. Sánchez has launched a new attack on the Constitution and the most elementary principles of the Rule of Law.
Today, Mr. Sánchez finalizes the assault on the Judiciary, liquidating the last vestiges of the separation of powers and, therefore, directly threatening the rights and freedoms of all Spaniards.
Today, by allowing the government to directly appoint two magistrates of the Constitutional Court, without control by the Court itself of the suitability and legality of those appointed, he assaults the government of the judges; he violates article 159.3 of the Constitution, which requires that the renewals of the Court be by thirds of its members; and, incidentally, he places two of his accomplices, with the sole purpose of perpetuating the illegality.
Barely two years ago, VOX presented a motion of no confidence denouncing the illegal drift that the social communist government had started; his contempt for the Constitution; his alliance with coup leaders and philoterrorists and the serious damage that he was going to cause to the Rule of Law.
Unfortunately,on that occasion the other opposition forces made a partisan reading, without assessing the speech that warned of what was already happening.
I hope that in this moment of special gravity the sense of State prevails, because it is evident that the time has come to present a new motion of censure.
The VOX Parliamentary Group will begin talks today to propose a neutral candidate, with government experience, who is not a member of any political party and who commits to calling immediate elections.
Whatever the result of the motion, it is the duty of all the opposition to present it. All the deputies of Congress must take a picture of themselves before this new blow to the Constitution. And we must leave a national and international record of the true acts and plans of Mr. Sánchez and his accomplices.
To give us an idea, Mr. Sánchez is preparing a scenario in which he could carry out the self-coup that Pedro Castillo has carried out in Peru, and there would be no legal capacity to arrest him or try him because the crimes have been repealed.
Spain is suffering from an extremist government, which seeks to perpetuate itself in power destroying any legal or moral impediment.
Therefore, it is time for unity. The Spanish people, as in their best moments, must unite against those who want to steal their past, their present and their future.
With the force of the ballot box, we must form a government that will rebuild the wounded democracy and return to the Spanish the freedom taken from them. At VOX we will not rest until we achieve it."
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