By Deirdre Tynan • 18 June 2021 • 10:35
The President of Andalucia, Juanma Moreno.
Image: Junta de Andalucia
The President of Andalucia, Juanma Moreno, has sidestepped a debate within his party about the role of the King and the proposed pardons for 12 Catalan separatists.
SPEAKING on June 17, Moreno rowed back on comments made by his Madrid counterpart Isabel Diaz Ayuso who said President Pedro Sanchez would make Felipe VI an “accomplice” if the king was compelled to sign the pardons.
Moreno said the Partido Popular could accommodate diverse opinions.
“This is a very diverse party, very plural. I don’t want to comment on Ayuso’s words. But the fact that the King sanctions the laws does not make him the author of the laws. The King knows what his duties are. That the King signed the pardons would not make them the author of those pardons,” Moreno said.
“We must all avoid violating the image and figure of the King. In a country as complex as ours, given the figure and the principle of neutrality that the King has, we must preserve as much as possible. We all have to make an effort to always leave the King out of our political disputes,” he added.
Moreno said that he is against the pardons because he thinks the separatists will re-offend.
“If the independentistas told me that with the pardons the whole movement of confrontation and anger against the independence movement would end forever, it would be necessary to think about it. But when we know that those gentlemen condemned with all the guarantees by the Supreme Court do not regret it and will probably repeat their offenses, it is not useful. That is the problem we have right now,” he said.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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