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The debate over the amnesty for separatists in Spain: controversy over the meeting of a socialist leader with Puigdemont

The Spanish Minister of the Presidency in office and member of the negotiating team of the socialist party for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez, Félix Bolaños, avoided speaking out. about the photo of the secretary of the socialist organizationSantos Cerdán, with the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont this Monday in Brussels.

“Today is the day of the Princess of Asturias, we are going to celebrate her 18th birthday and swearing in the Constitution,” Bolaños simply said when asked about the photo upon his arrival at the Congress of Deputies, where today Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish crown, swore the Constitution, upon reaching the age of 28, the age of majority in Spain.

Yesterday’s meeting between Cerdán and the Catalan independence movement Carles Puigdemont in Brussels paves the way for Sánchez’s investiture as president of the Government, since The socialists need the votes of the independence and nationalist parties.

The 121 socialist deputies together with the 31 from Sumar, a left-wing group with which they have already agreed, are insufficient to achieve a majority in Congresscompared to the 137 seats of the conservative Popular Party (PP) and the 33 of the far-right Vox.

Cerdán met this Monday with Puigdemont, who has been on the run from Spanish Justice since 2017 for his involvement in the Catalan independence process. with the aim of “moving forward” towards the investiture of Pedro Sánchezas explained in separate statements by the socialist party (PSOE) and Junts, the party led by Puigdemont.

A meeting that according to the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, It was “the image of humiliation and surrender.”

“The PSOE went to surrender and pay homage to a person who has pending issues with the Supreme Court,” Feijóo told the press this Tuesday before entering Congress to attend the swearing-in of the Constitution of Princess Leonor.

The Princess of Asturias, Leonor, the head of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez and the King of Spain Felipe VI. AFP Photo

To support Sánchez, Catalan independentists are asking, among other things, for an amnesty law for those involved in the Catalan independence process, something to which Sánchez has committed, as he explained to his party this weekend.

This measure is criticized by the PP and Voxbut also in some sectors of the PSOE.

After the failure of Feijóo’s investiture, which he opted for as the leader of the most voted party, Sánchez is now trying and to do so he needs to reach an agreement with multiple pro-independence and nationalist parties represented in Congress, but he has until November 27 If not, elections would be called again in January.

So far the negotiations are being carried out with total secrecy by all parties, but yesterday’s meeting, which was very compromised for the socialists, is interpreted as saying that the talks are very advanced.

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