Pedro Sánchez Confidence Debate: Day 3
1. Let's go, Spain fans. Pedro Sánchez's second attempt to get reappointed Prime Minister. Today he just needs a simple majority. He's already speaking at the tribune in Congress. “It's the only possible option for a government”, he tells the chamber.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:08 pm | On Twitter
2. Sánchez says the right has had five chances to win elections or form a government and they have failed every time. Bit of an argument with PP MPs. “The Spanish Constitution is not yours, respect the person speaking in this chamber […] this chamber is not yours”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:11 pm | On Twitter
3. Sánchez recommends the right stop their "tantrum". “Accept the democratic outcome of this chamber,” “there is going to be a progressive coalition” in Spain. The minimum wage will go up and there will be more taxes for "the wealthiest".
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:13 pm | On Twitter
4. Sánchez charging rhetorically against the right, confident he will win the vote today to form the left-wing coalition with Podemos, clearly outlining the ideological limits of this parliament.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:16 pm | On Twitter
5. Casado starts with compliments for the King, Felipe VI. Applause from right-wing benches, “Long live the King!”. He offers support to victims of terrorism. Conservative MPs stand and applaud.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:21 pm | On Twitter
6. Casado describes the situation of Junqueras in prison, aiming from there to destroy Spain, and the deal Sanchez has agreed to do with him “in order to remain in power”. He aims to “stick the sword of justice […] into the separation of powers”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:25 pm | On Twitter
7. Casado: “Mr. Sánchez, the only country you care about is you”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:27 pm | On Twitter
8. Casado says Sánchez should be concerned his new partners see the Constitution as “a padlock” when “it is the key to our coexistence”. With the 1978 version, “we already made it possible for all those who want to live together to do so”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:29 pm | On Twitter
9. Casado ends with: “Very soon we will manage to recover Spaniards' dream”, which is still an admission that, for now, the right has lost it.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:31 pm | On Twitter
10. Abascal criticises the “outrageous” “infamies” that have been said in the chamber in recent days. He continues with the Intra-family Violence Act that Vox proposes, after the crime yesterday against a mother and her three-year-old girl. “In Vox we care about all victims".
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:37 pm | On Twitter
11. Abascal continues with the gangs of immigrants committing crimes in different cities of Spain during the holidays. In 20 hours of debate, MPs have not spoken of “the plague of gang rapes that has been committed” during the first days of 2020, “mostly by foreigners”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:38 pm | On Twitter
12. “You don't care about Spain”, Abascal spits at Sánchez. He adds Largo Caballero, Negrín and Stalin to the Azaña that Sánchez and Casado have mentioned. Abascal ends with “Long live the King! Long live Spain!”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:41 pm | On Twitter
13. Pablo Iglesias, with his standard face and tone of fury, offers a message of support for homosexuals, “so that they can love freely as they please”. Sends another message to immigrants, and a third to “working people”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:47 pm | On Twitter
14. Borràs (Junts) says Sánchez has changed his rhetoric on Catalonia “half a dozen times” and that he has “a two-faced measuring stick”. The PSOE was “indispensable” for suspending home rule in Catalonia in 2017, “we cannot vote against Catalonia”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:51 pm | On Twitter
15. Errejón (Más País) offers the support of his new party to the new coalition, “congratulations on the agreement” to “Mr. Sánchez” and “Pablo”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:54 pm | On Twitter
16. Errejón (Más País) says the new government must “eliminate the conditions of hate politics” that “the reactionaries” have brought in the years following the economic crisis.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:55 pm | On Twitter
17. Baldoví (Compromís) says he was wrong with his tea metaphor the other day: the right needs “something you get in schools, manners, you need manners”. He says he'd show the video from Sunday's session in Congress to kids as an example of bad manners.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 12:58 pm | On Twitter
18. Oramas (Canary Coalition) confirms that she will vote “no” to Sánchez today but apologises to her party for not talking about it with them earlier.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:00 pm | On Twitter
19. Oramas calls for parliamentary wisdom, restraint and respect: there are neither fascists nor terrorists in the chamber, all MPs present have been elected by their voters.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:02 pm | On Twitter
20. Pedro Quevedo (Nueva Canarias) defends his party's position in favor of the new government.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:03 pm | On Twitter
21. Nestor Rego (BNG, Galician nationalists) says that the right is increasingly “ultra” and “ultra Spanish”. “The BNG will always stand up to defend democracy, rights.” He will vote in favour of Sánchez.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:05 pm | On Twitter
22. Mazón (PRC, Cantabria): “Not only is it not democratic but it is a serious irresponsibility” that “endangers Spain's regional system”. “We want a government for Spain, but a stable government. We want a stable government for Cantabria”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:07 pm | On Twitter
23. Guitarte (Teruel Exist) “we believe that it is time for the Spanish state to take seriously” the problem of empty Spain. He says his support for the new government will depend on the agreement his party has signed with the coalition.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:10 pm | On Twitter
24. Dolors Bassa's sister, Montserrat, speaks for Esquerra, “as a relative of a Catalan political prisoner”. She accuses the Supreme Court of stealing family time from them at Christmas and New Year, and speaks of the “pain, anger and helplessness” caused to her family.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:15 pm | On Twitter
25. “Coup leader!”, someone shouts from the benches while Bassa's sister speaks. “I know that half of this House rejoices in our pain,” she replies.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:15 pm | On Twitter
26. “The PSOE has been complicit in all this”, Bassa says. “I personally don't care at all about the governance of Spain”. The right-wing benches explode in rhetorical fury.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:17 pm | On Twitter
27. “Today we vote to abstain to give him this opportunity”, Bassa tells Sánchez. She calls for the immediate release of Junqueras and the annulment of the Catalan separatist trial judgement.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:20 pm | On Twitter
28. “Not a single Spaniard has voted for what you are going to do here today”, says Arrimadas (Ciudadanos). Sánchez was “impassive” while Esquerra spoke of “political prisoners”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:22 pm | On Twitter
29. “They don't care at all, Mr. Sánchez,” about governing Spain, says Arrimadas, after the contemptuous intervention of the MP from Esquerra.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:23 pm | On Twitter
30. Arrimadas encourages PSOE MPs to vote against their party to stop the new coalition government: “Cross the aisle once for the equality of all Spaniards”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:25 pm | On Twitter
31. Esteban (PNV) says he feels “embarrassed” by what happened in the chamber over the weekend, but “nobody” can interrupt the debate. The monarchy is “another institution that can be criticised”. The right is communicating the idea that the new government will be illegitimate.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:32 pm | On Twitter
32. By defending the monarchy like this, the right is really trying to use the King against the new executive, says Esteban. According to the logic of the right, he says ironically, “how irresponsible the King is!” putting forward Pedro Sánchez, “the so-called felon”, for PM.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:34 pm | On Twitter
33. Vox MPs walk out of the chamber before Mr. Matute Garcia starts speaking for Bildu.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:35 pm | On Twitter
34. Mr. Suárez Illana again turns his back on Bildu from his seat.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:37 pm | On Twitter
35. “We are here to defend our right to build a Basque republic”, says Mr. Matute García (Bildu). He calls for a class struggle against bankers and “the corrupt right”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:39 pm | On Twitter
36. “You cannot stand plurality, intelligence and dissent,” Ms. Vehi (CUP) tells Abascal, “stop making racist remarks”. “Our revolution can only be born from a feeling of great love”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:45 pm | On Twitter
37. García Adanero (Navarra Suma): new government will be with those “who hate the King, who hate the Constitution and who hate Spain”. He says that they will not forgive the PSOE for allowing Basque nationalists to negotiate for Navarra: "…we are not the Basque Country!".
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:48 pm | On Twitter
38. Mr. Martínez Oblanca (Foro Asturias) quotes the Constitution and confirms he will vote against Mr. Sánchez.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:50 pm | On Twitter
39. Lastra (PSOE) closes the speeches. She says the opposition must accept the results of the vote and of the elections, “what we have seen is a radicalised right”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:52 pm | On Twitter
40. Lastra accuses the right of exercising “political thuggery”. “These practices are not those of democratic parties defending the Constitution.”
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:53 pm | On Twitter
41. Lastra (PSOE) says Guitarte (Teruel Exist) had been unable to sleep at home because of the threats he has received.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:56 pm | On Twitter
42. Lastra, to Sánchez: “Thank you for resisting”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 1:58 pm | On Twitter
43. Voting has begun.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:00 pm | On Twitter
44. Pedro Sánchez WINS confidence vote: 167 to 165, with 18 abstentions. Spain now has a left-wing PSOE-Podemos minority coalition government supported by Catalan separatists, Basque nationalists and regionalists from across the country. A two-seat majority.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:31 pm | On Twitter
45. Will Spain's new minority coalition government be able to pass a first budget?
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:37 pm | On Twitter
46. Opposition reactions: Casado. Sánchez has put Spain's future in the hands of terrorists and coup plotters. A “Trojan horse” that will destroy the nation.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:41 pm | On Twitter
47. Opposition Reactions: Arrimadas. Offers centre-ground common sense against the new left-wing coalition government and “a Spain of trenches and extremes”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:43 pm | On Twitter
48. Iglesias (Podemos): "#YesWeCan". Twitter applause from journalist Elisa Beni.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:45 pm | On Twitter
49. Opposition reactions: Abascal. Vox MPs, victims of “socialist anger” when trying to leave the chamber, he says “for not bowing to their leader”.
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 2:47 pm | On Twitter
50. What effect will this have on Catalan politics? This is the first big division between Esquerra and Junts for years. Will Torra call early regional elections to try to take advantage of the new situation?
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 3:00 pm | On Twitter
51. Or, in other words, even if it is theoretically an opportunity for Torra, what would Esquerra do if the possibility of a left-wing tripartite government emerged from a vote in Catalonia, with Mr. Iceta (PSC) and Catalan Podemos? Would they stay with Torra or jump ship?
Published: Jan 07, 2020, 3:06 pm | On Twitter
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