The 1,000 days in office they are going to become 2,000. Except for surprise, except for an unforeseen turn of events, the Government and the PP are going to leave the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) unrenewed during the entire legislature. Two months after its equator, nothing, absolutely nothing, indicates that the unlocking will take place.
The conviction is such that the leader of the popular, Pablo Casado, offered this Wednesday to the president, Pedro Sánchez, to put efforts into the renewal of the other three constitutional bodies with their terms and mandates already expired: the Constitutional Court (the quota of four magistrates whose restructuring corresponds to Congress), the Court of Accounts and the Ombudsman. The proposal caught the Socialist president off the hook, as he did not allude to the invitation in the reply to the lower house control session. The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, had to leave a few minutes later to make it clear that it will not be for the Executive. The talks were resumed on the spot and this same Wednesday, Bolaños’ own contacts with the number two of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, were resumed. There will be more.
The political blockade brings the dome of Justice to the brink of chaos
In the national leadership of the PP they were very satisfied. The idea cooked by Casado and his team has led to a strategic turn in which the Government has been forced to participate. It was an unexpected ruse because, as they point out to The newspaper of Spain sources from the Government and the Popular Party, there has been no trial, no approach maneuver, no preparatory conversation between Moncloa and Genoa in recent days. Any. Nothing that would lead Casado to sit down with his cabinet and advance his plans and tell them: “I will let him go in Congress.”
It all started with Bolaños and Gamarra
Sources aware of the unsuccessful negotiations that the Government and the PP have held since the legislature began, say that the certainty that the CGPJ will remain unrenewed until 2024 crystallized on September 21, the day that Minister Félix Bolaños and the spokesperson for the popular group, Cuca Gamarra, met in Congress. The deputy for La Rioja, by the way, has become an outstanding actress in this film of institutional renovations, since she will defend the position of the PP in face to face with the Executive together with the secretary general of her party, the aforementioned Teodoro García Egea.
During the meeting, both parties found that unblocking the General Council of the Judiciary is nothing short of impossible. Gamarra tried under the pretext of the bill that a few hours later the plenary session of Congress would debate to decide whether to admit it. He suggested, always according to these sources, that the PSOE favored taking the proposal into consideration. In the PP, at that time, they argued that the content of the initiative did not have to bother the socialists, especially because of the first transitory provision. In addition, in the PSOE they were willing to agree on the following sequence: first let’s agree on the recomposition; then let’s make the law. It was also the position of Judges for Democracy.
But the socialist group, together with its parliamentary allies, and thus up to a total of 190 deputies, refused that afternoon to process the PP bill. The position was advanced by Bolaños to his interlocutors from the Popular Party. Those present exchanged opinions and shared the blame, and all left with the impression that the governing body of the judges would be almost 1,000 more days without renewal.
Casado’s formation, that afternoon, after the Congress vote, closed the CGPJ folder and put it in a drawer. The leader, this Wednesday, two weeks later, has preferred not to reopen the matter, knowing that the positions, for now, are irreconcilable. He wants the judges to choose the judges. The PSOE is not so clear.
The Government and the popular initiate contacts to renew the constitutional bodies
Advances and jams
Neither does the government show much will. Rather, nothing is noticeable. The warnings of the president of the governing body of the judges did not materialize, Carlos lesmes, who at the opening of the judicial year, in the presence of the king, displayed a full-blown rapist. Furthermore, as the CGPJ cannot now make appointments by virtue of the proposal of the PSOE and United We Can to limit this power when the body is in office, stagnation and paralysis are evident.
There were occasions in which the Government and the PP were on the verge of achieving it. The person in charge of Justice of the popular, Enrique López, and the then minister of the branch, Juan Carlos Campo, almost succeeded. The irruption of Judge José Ricardo de Prada and Judge Victoria Rosell in the list of candidates for members generated a storm that still continues. The appeals from the EU have not been of much use either, one of them a consequence of the separate meetings that the judicial associations had in Brussels with the commissioner of the field.
The twenty members of the CGPJ remain in their positions, therefore, and will continue for two more years. The last renewal took place in 2013. Lesmes will be president, if he does not resign, eleven years at least. There are no precedents.
Change the composition of the Court of Accounts (12 vowels) is not easy either, but the environment that surrounds this organ does not smell so bad. Something similar happens with him Ombudsman, a position for which there was speculation with Ángel Gabilondo until the call for the elections on May 4 threw him out of the hypotheses. The renewal of that quota of four magistrates of the constitutional Court that depend on Congress. It should be remembered that the Court has declared unconstitutional the two states of alarm decreed by the Government throughout the country.
All these agreements they need a majority of 210 deputies. The current parliamentary arithmetic is only feasible from the alliance between PSOE and PP (208 seats between the two). There they are.