Thursday,
9
April
2020

10:00

The Prime Minister calls all the political forces, the presidents of the CCAA and the social partners to a first meeting next week to try to reach together a “pact for the social and economic reconstruction” of the country


Pedro Snchez rises to the rostrum to speak at the plenary session that is being held this Thursday in Congress.
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Pedro Snchez has asked Congress for support to extend for a second time the state of alarm and the confinement of citizens, at least until April 26. “The global magnitude of this pandemic is terrifying, dizzying. These are shockingly extraordinary times that require exceptional measures,” he said, urging all parliamentary forces to vote in favor.

“Confinement is still an essential measure. The alarm state is working and we see how the fire that unleashed the pandemic begins to be under control. We begin to see the end of the road and we cannot back down,” he explained.

But, he warned, “if the ascent has been hard, the descent will not be less than progressive.” “We will have to reformulate some aspects of our way of living, but that will be later, there is still time.”

Now it is time to design the de-escalation phase and in this, he has assured, thegovernmentwith a team that is designing the return to a “new normality with individual and collective, hygiene, sanitary and technological measures to control the pandemic.”

Scientists have established “markers” that will determine the rate of progress, be based on them as the return to that normality is arranged. “All steps will be staggered and very cautious,” the president has warned. The first step will be taken this next week with the disinhibition of the activities considered not strictly essential that was decreed ten days ago. “The Government,” said Snchez, “has followed and always follow the advice of theWHO

SpainYou need the flag of unity, “he has claimed, stressing the” danger of disinformation and the dissemination of false news spread by a million and a half false profiles on social networks. “In this sense, he has asked” responsibility “to the political forces to put aside the ideological arguments and join the common struggle.

The estimated impact of the economic measures implemented so far has been, according to the data that Snchez has handled, of 128,868 million euros, of which 4,000 have been for the health sector and 1,100 in social aid.

Afterwards, he explained the range of measures taken in all fields and announced that a second package of guarantees and credits of another 20,000 million euros had been made available to companies and the self-employed.

Pedro Snchez has insisted that to cope with this disease a “seamless union” in Europe is necessary. “It is what I demand,” he said, “it is now or never.” Many measures are already on the table, but, according to the Prime Minister, “we need much more.” In his opinion, all resources must be mobilized to implement a “new Marshall Plan”. “The cuts,” he noted, “are not the way.”

“All of you,” he said to the leaders of the parliamentary forces, “have a voice in Europe. I ask you to pray for Europe and for the EU.” This has been the first allusion that has elicited applause from the very small group of Socialists.

Since then, the Prime Minister has entered a veiled criticism against the opposition forces, comparing it with the attitude that in his opinion is demonstrated in other countries. “I humbly ask the opposition for unity and loyalty.” “It is evident that we have all been late and Spain is no exception,” he said. But what seemed like a glimpse of self-criticism was immediately blurred when Snchez got his chest out, taking the quickest, most drastic, most effective measures and the greatest transparency of information in all Western countries.

The president has called for a new unit and has “solemnly” launched the offer to draw up “new Pacts of La Moncloa”. I propose a great agreement for the economic and social reconstruction of Spain with all the forces that are willing to shoulder their shoulders, with companies, with the Autonomous Communities and with the City Councils.

“It does not entail a change of regime, that it remains constitutional, it does not imply the loss of Parliament or the lack of information,” he stressed. “I formally call next week for a first meeting with all the political forces, the regional presidents and the social partners,” he announced.

“Are you willing? I am.” With these words, the intervention of the Prime Minister has ended.

Its will to unity is “null”

The leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado, has begun his intervention with harshness, assuring that the will to unity and loyalty that Pedro Snches now holds “is null.”

Casado has again criticized the government’s unpredictability and despite this he has emphasized the support he has obtained from his party despite the “contempt” with which he is treated. “We are not like you”, he insisted.

The PP will support the extension of the state of alarm, but its leader has warned that the restriction of rights “cannot be unlimited.” “Democracy and liberties cannot be confined,” he snapped.

The leader of the opposition has dismantled with the successive and desolate recommendations of the WHO and the data of contagions and deceased the self-satisfaction that Snchez has shown. “No, no,” he insisted before warning that when this crisis passes, ask for responsibilities.

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