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The conservative sector hides behind the threat of resignation of Lesmes to continue blocking the renewal of the Constitutional


The negotiators of both blocks meet this Wednesday, but the advisers proposed by the PP intend to discuss the possible replacement of the president

The negotiation within the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) to comply with the legal mandate to appoint two magistrates of the Constitutional Court enters key hours, but the hard core of the conservative sector now wields the threat of resignation of the president, Carlos Lesmes, to further impede the process.

The conservative and progressive bloc meet this Wednesday, supposedly, to advance these appointments.

However, the group of advisers proposed by the PP intends to bring to that meeting their disagreement with the report prepared by the technical office of the CGPJ that points to the current vice president of the Supreme Court, Francisco Marín Castán, as a substitute for Lesmes both in the high court as in the Council.

Conservatives maintain that

Given the possibility that the president resigns from office in the coming days, this matter is now more important than the renewal of the Constitutional Court and they are studying issuing a statement in which they show their discrepancy with the solution set by the technicians.

The majority of the progressives also do not share that Lesmes has to be automatically relieved by Marín Castán, but they refuse to divert attention from the appointments now and advocate closing an agreement as soon as possible for the court of guarantees.

The plenary session of the CGPJ set a calendar last Thursday that, for the moment, remains in force, but it may blow up in the coming days.

The only thing that seems certain is that this Wednesday the five members (two conservatives and three progressives) will meet to negotiate on behalf of their groups the appointment of the two Constitutional magistrates that the CGPJ should have appointed before September 13.

But each bloc arrives at that meeting with one claim: the progressives, with that of finally closing these designations, for which the conservatives need to put the name of one or more candidates on the table and start debating options.

However, the members chosen by the PP are not, in principle, for the task of addressing this negotiation because they assure that the priority now is to guarantee that, if Lesmes resigns,

Given this scenario, members of both groups consulted doubt that this Wednesday's meeting will produce a decisive advance to renew the Constitutional.

The agreement reached by the plenary session last week involved holding an extraordinary session this Thursday to appoint the magistrates of the court of guarantees, but only if the two blocks reached an agreement on Wednesday that guaranteed that the vote would go ahead.

If this did not happen, they would continue negotiating until the 13th, when an extraordinary plenary session would be held, with or without an agreement, to share their positions.

But the members of the conservative sector say they are convinced that Lesmes is going to resign this week, which, they say, changes the order of priorities and brings the procedure to replace him to the fore.

This group has prepared a text with the intention of disseminating it in the next few hours in which they express their respect for the decision made by Lesmes, claims that, even if he leaves, the CGPJ will continue to do its job and defends that the decision of who will replace is not taken.

The councilors chosen by the PP have sounded out the progressive members to try to get them to adhere to this initiative, but they have rejected it.

The intention of the progressives is to agree on the renewal of the Constitutional Court as soon as possible and, in any case, do it before Lesmes leaves, if he finally confirms his departure.

Sources from this group claim to have the president's commitment that he will not resign until all options for making the two pending appointments have been exhausted.

If it is not possible for this Thursday, Lesmes is willing to convene the plenary session on Friday or early next week.

The intention is still an agreement that brings together the majority of the 19 members of the CGP, but if this possibility becomes entrenched, the president will propose an agreement that allows the necessary 12 votes to be gathered.

Lesmes agreed in the plenary session last week to set the 13th as the deadline, but the president, if he chooses to resign, prefers to do so before that day, which would lead him to advance the plenary session as much as possible to appoint the magistrates of the Constitutional.

He himself has transmitted to the people who have spoken with him in the last few hours that he is waiting for some gesture from the PSOE and the PP indicating that they are going to resume negotiations to renew the CGPJ, but if this does not take place in the next few hours, it will be gone.

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Source: elparis

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