Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid, has requested an urgent meeting with acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to discuss the scope and effects of the agreements reached with some political parties for his investiture, such as the Amnesty Law.
In a press conference following the Regional Government Council meeting, Miguel Ángel García, the councilor for presidency, justice, and local administration, stated that Ayuso's request was made "in light of the concern and unrest of Spanish society, particularly in Madrid, and in view of the agreements that have been reached with the objective of being invested as the Prime Minister.
Ayuso is asking Sanchez to "clearly explain the effects that such political commitments will unmistakably have on the basic principles that shape the rule of law in our country." Sanchez faces the first session of the investiture debate on Wednesday, which is expected to be approved on Thursday with the votes of the PSOE, Catalan separatists, Basque regionalists, BNG, and Coalición Canaria.
The agreement states that "aspects such as equality for all Spaniards under the law, the rule of law, separation of powers, and legal certainty, enshrined by the Spanish Constitution as pillars that underpin coexistence in our country, may be seriously compromised with significant consequences for the entire nation," said Ayuso.
These concerns have led Ayuso to request a meeting with Sanchez, in accordance with Article 4.3 of the Regulation, in order for him to "inform and communicate to all regional presidents and, through them, to the entire Spanish population, regarding the scope and effects that the contents and conditions assumed with the sole objective of achieving this investiture at an unbearable cost for Spanish society will have."
The Government of the Community of Madrid unequivocally defends equal treatment of citizens, regardless of their place of residence, and advocates for fair and equitable treatment from the Government of Spain, always acting in accordance with our legal system and without violating the essential separation of powers that governs our rule of law," Ayuso emphasized.
The document adopted by the Regional Government states that the people of Madrid "require actions at all times that ensure the defense of their rights and legitimate aspirations." "It is an ethical and political obligation to demand this fair treatment, which cannot be compromised by commitments that are incompatible with the general interest, particularly that of the citizens of the Community of Madrid," she added.
At least ten autonomous communities governed by the Popular Party, as well as the Canary Islands, have formally requested a Conference of Regional Presidents with acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to discuss their investiture agreements with ERC and Junts, which include the Amnesty Law and debt condonation, among other things.
This is an official request that these regional governments have already submitted to the central government. According to the Regulations of the Conference of Presidents, communities can formally request a meeting of this multilateral forum when at least ten of them meet. However, the final decision rests with Sánchez.
In any case, La Rioja, Extremadura, Valencia, Galicia, Aragón, Cantabria, Balearic Islands, Murcia, Andalusia, Castilla y León, and the Canary Islands have already announced that they have sent the request for this Conference of Presidents to the Sánchez government.
The Conference of Presidents is the highest-level political cooperation body between the central government and the autonomous communities, and is at the top of the multilateral cooperation organs. It is made up of the Prime Minister, who presides over it, and the presidents of the 17 autonomous communities and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.