The PP deploys its autonomous power in the Senate against the amnesty

The PP will exhibit the broad power it enjoys in the autonomies – it governs in twelve – and its absolute majority in the Senate by taking the regional presidents to the Upper House this Thursday to reject the amnesty and possible pacts of Pedro Sánchez with the Catalan independence movement and EH Bildu.

The General Commission of Autonomous Communities of the Senate will also be the scenario in which the PP will be able to censure any possible favorable treatment to Catalonia and the Basque Country in exchange for the investiture, especially when it is the responsibility of this body to collect information on bilateral or multilateral agreements. in fiscal aspects.

The Senate has called on all regional presidents “to debate the effective application of the principles of equality before the law of all Spaniards, and solidarity between the Autonomous Communities.”

Only the presidents of the PP will attend

In practice, only the presidents of the PP and the vice president of the Canary Islands, the popular Manuel Domínguez, are expected to attend, to whom Fernando Clavijo (Canary Coalition) has delegated his representation.

The socialist leaders of Asturias and Navarra will not attend, and are not obliged to do so, and will also not delegate to other members of their Government. The PP does not expect the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, to attend either, although his Government does not say who will intervene.

The Basque Lehendakari, Íñigo Urkullu, will not be present nor will he delegate his representation and the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, is not expected either, although the Government has not decided or communicated who will intervene.

Article 56 of the Senate regulations also gives the possibility of assisting the Government, but the Executive has not announced whether it will send a representative to this Chamber.

A common front against the amnesty

What is certain is that the heavyweights of the PP will parade through the Senate, such as the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, and that of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. The plan is for the popular barons to be almost completely present.

They have already confirmed that the new presidents of the Valencian Community, Aragon or Cantabria and the leaders of the Region of Murcia, Castilla y León and Galicia will attend; Marga Prohens (Balearic Islands) also plans to attend, while Gonzalo Capellán from Rioja is waiting to balance the agenda as the call coincides with a regional plenary session.

All of them will make a common front against the amnesty and Sánchez’s pacts with Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who will not go to the Senate on Thursday, giving all the prominence to his barons.

With this initiative, the PP uses its absolute majority in the Senate to act as a counter-power to Congress, where the right is in a minority, and influences its institutional opposition to Sánchez’s pacts, after taking to the streets on two occasions and showing Feijóo willing to do it again.

An unconstitutionality appeal

The strategy is completed with the announced appeal of unconstitutionality against the amnesty, which will also have regional echo because presidents such as Fernando López Miras from Murcia, have already announced that they will go to the Constitutional Court.

In recent days, the popular have let Sánchez, his negotiations, and the criticism they provoke, including the boos and cries of “Let Txapote vote for you” or “Puigdemont, go to prison”, take center stage in the news.

The PP has accompanied this climate of complaints about the “indignity” of the dialogue with its possible partners. They denounce that he called a politician whom he himself pardoned – the leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras – and the “pact of shame” when meeting with EH Bildu, while they assume that Sánchez will contact Carles Puigdemont, leader of Junts and fled from Justice.

The Senate will give the PP the opportunity to reissue these reproaches with a chorus of almost a dozen voices. In the commission, the spokespersons of the different groups and the senators appointed by the regional parliaments can also speak.

In addition, the General Commission of Autonomous Communities has the power to “propose recommendations to public powers on issues within its jurisdiction” and motions to the Senate Plenary, an autonomous springboard for the PP to cause the Upper House to once again symbolically reject the amnesty.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga