The former president of the PP Government José María Aznar has described as “autocratic” or “typical of an autocracy” the reaction of the acting coalition Executive when the former popular leader made a call this Tuesday for mobilization similar to the one that occurred with ETA to protest against the amnesty for those accused of the procés that Junts and ERC demand to support the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. The Government, outraged, accused Aznar of having “anti-democratic and coup-like behavior.” “What would be next, the call for an uprising?” asked the spokesperson for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, after the Council of Ministers. “I said what I had to say,” Aznar said this Thursday, two days later, in an interview on Cadena Cope. “Everything else is the autocratic reactions, typical of an autocracy that considers that anyone who does not agree with whoever is in the Government is anti-Spanish, is a fascist or a coup plotter,” he added. The first vice president, Nadia Calviño, has considered that “this type of messages” that alarm citizens do not correspond to normality: “It is embarrassing to hear from a former president who precisely negotiated amnesties and negotiated everything that was necessary (…) to speak in these terms about the situation in this country,” Calviño said on RTVE.
The former popular president has stressed that what is being talked about in Spain at the moment is the amnesty and the possibility of self-determination consultations. “Everything else is not relevant, that is where we have to focus,” he asked. “As some leaders who are different from me from an ideological point of view, but agree in this case, have said, neither of the two things fit into the Constitution, therefore, the amnesty is a destructive element of the constitutional system of Spain and does not Let’s say, obviously, the possibility of holding self-determination consultations in Spain,” he added. Felipe González, former president of the Government and former leader of the PSOE, also stated last week that none of these demands fit into the Constitution, criticism that was joined by the former socialist vice president Alfonso Guerra.
The acting vice president, Nadia Calviño, has seen in Aznar’s words and those of other retired leaders an interest in having a leading role. “There are people who are no longer on the front line of politics, not only in the PP, who seem not to find their place and are constantly trying to give lessons,” she assessed. “This type of message about Spain that alarms citizens and always makes us feel that we are in a kind of exceptional situation does not correspond to reality (…) the vast majority of the countries around us have governments of coalition, it is normal that there is a political negotiation to form a Government.”
Following Aznar’s words at a FAES event, the PP has called for an event to reject the amnesty on Sunday, September 24, in the Plaza de España in Madrid. The meeting will be held two days before Feijóo presents his candidacy for the presidency of the Government before Congress, on September 26. “I don’t know exactly what has been called,” said the former president of the PP, who added that if they call him, he will go. At another point in the interview, he stated that the decision to hold this event “was made a long time ago” and that it seemed “very good” to him. Aznar has also defended that his relationship with the current leader of the PP “could not be stronger” and has criticized the initiative so that in Congress people can speak in Catalan, Basque and Galician. The former leader has called it “grotesque” and a “spectacle” that the deputies follow the sessions with earpieces.
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