Princess Leonor, heir to the Crown and future head of State, has sworn in the Constitution at 11:37 a.m. on the same day she turns 18. She has done it before some General cuts and a Government demediated and in a climate of confrontation between parliamentary forces that are still assimilating the impact of the meeting, yesterday, of the representatives of the PSOE with the fugitive Carles Puigdemont, a meeting under a huge photograph that praises the illegal referendum of 1- Or and to which the socialists went to ask the fugitive from Justice for their votes to invest Pedro Sánchez.
Six parties were absent from the event: ERC, Junts, Bildu, PNV, BNG and the majority of Sumar’s parliamentarians. Three members of the Executive have also decided not to participate in the solemn ceremony, the Ministers of Equality and Social Rights, Irene Montero and Ione Belarra, and the head of Consumption, Alberto Garzón. All of them promised at the time to abide by the Constitution that advocates parliamentary monarchy as a form of State, but today they have decided to turn their backs on it.
Despite this, in the subsequent ceremony in which Pedro Sánchez imposed the Charles III Necklace on the heiress, the President of the Government assured to do so and speak on behalf of the entire Executive. “May this day be remembered as solemn in the continuity of the institutions. Count on the loyalty, respect and affection of the Executive,” he assured.
Three of the absent parties, ERC, Bildu and BNG, have issued a statement early in the morning in which they deny not only the Crown but also the Magna Carta. In the text they describe the Monarchy as “the maximum expression of inequality, privileges and impunity”, they claim to “not recognize any political or institutional function” to the King or his heirs. These three forces, partners of Pedro Sánchez’s Executive, and which will predictably vote in favor of his next investiture, emphasize that they do not recognize a monarchy “heir to the dictatorship” and a “lock to the national aspirations” of Catalonia, Basque Country and Galicia.
“The Spanish Monarchy and its members constitute,” they add, “one of the greatest exponents of the denial of civil, political and national rights (…) represents the elites against the majority; privileges against rights; the “impunity in the face of Justice; greed in the face of equality and imposition in the face of democracy.”