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Armengol denounces that the PP uses Congressional lawyers to oppose it: “They are excellent professionals”


The president of Congress, Francina Armengol, criticized the PP this Monday, although without expressly citing her, for using Chamber officials, such as lawyers, to “oppose” her, highlighting that all the house staff are “excellent professionals” and has assured that “he has never asked a public worker who they vote for.” During his participation in the New Economy Forum, Armengol was questioned about the reorganization of the legal services of the Chamber after the arrival of Fernando Galindo to the General Secretariat, a political appointment, in the opinion of the PP, which denounces the closeness of the new lawyer older with the PSOE for having served just before as deputy director of Territorial Policy. “I’m going to try to restrain myself to be very politically correct,” Armengol confessed when asked about this issue. To begin with, she has stressed that she has never asked officials if they have a “card” for any party or who they vote for and that she only demands “professionalism” from them. THEY DEFEND THE CONGRESS “TO DEATH” And, then, she praised the work of all the staff of the Chamber, from the ushers to the lawyers, and thanked them for how they welcomed her since her arrival to the Presidency last August. “They defend Congress to the death, they feel the shirt is theirs and I do not think that using public officials to oppose me is appropriate,” she added. Furthermore, he explained that there have been changes in both the General Secretariat of the Senate and that of Congress and that this has caused, as is usual in these cases, movements of lawyers in and between the two Chambers, because the general secretaries make their own decisions. equipment. “Is it reasonable that there are changes in the Senate and not in Congress? Why do the changes in Congress have a political intention and the others do not?” she asked. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF THEIR HONORS Armengol has also defended himself against the accusations made by the PP that he has not protected the judges who have received attacks from the tribune of speakers in the chamber from parties such as Junts. “It is not true that it has not attracted attention,” he indicated, emphasizing in almost all meetings of the Board of Spokespersons he asks all groups to “maintain parliamentary decorum”, not “be aggressive” and not “insult.” In response to a request that she order some comments to be removed from the Session Log, the president stressed that “the important thing” is not whether some words are placed in brackets in a publication, but rather that they are not said. “I don’t have a magic ball to know when a deputy is going to insult and take away their speech,” he pointed out, making it clear that, in any case, he will always respect the fundamental principle that the “representatives of the people” have the right to the Liberty of expression”. Of course, she has asked all of her honorable Members to reflect on the way in which they express themselves and on the example they give to citizens with certain behaviors and expressions. “There is too much tension and sometimes we lack good manners,” she criticized, adding that “insults and disrespect weaken the arguments of those who use them.” She has also made a plea in favor of dialogue and the search for agreements both between political groups and with civil society. At this point she thanked the presence at the breakfast of the general secretaries of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, and CC.OO, Unai Sordo. The Minister of Education and Government Spokesperson, Pilar Alegría, also attended; the Minister of Health, Mónica García, and the president of the PSOE, Cristina Narbona, among others. Armengol has also highlighted what the use of co-official languages ​​in the Chamber has meant: “Congress is infinitely better speaking the four languages. It is wonderful to hear our public representatives in our languages, that makes Spain more,” he stated. before those who “walk with the flag” and constantly raising the Constitution. And, for Armengol, things like hearing Catalan, Galician and Basque in Congress are what “unites” the country, while what “breaks” it is not respecting the differences, not seeing the reality of Spain or the respect that It has to be taken into account by the languages ​​in which millions of people who are Spanish think, feel and love. In this sense, he has revealed that a young Galician woman admitted to him a few days ago that listening to her mother tongue in Congress had been the best thing that had “happened to her in a long time” to “connect with politics.” Furthermore, he has highlighted that she expresses herself “better” in Catalan because it is the language in which she thinks and has expressed her hope that listening to the co-official languages ​​can help more people want to learn them. “It is the heritage of a people and it must be protected,” she stressed. INCLUSIVE REGULATIONS On the other hand, asked if she is in favor of reforming the Congress Regulations, Armengol has recognized that the Chamber’s rules, which date back to 1982, must be updated, for example, to speed up debates. For now, she is working on an adaptation of the Regulations to the inclusive language of a text in which “only spoken in masculine”, ignoring the existence of female deputies. In her opinion, until now they have been “putting patches” with specific reforms, but the Regulation must be subjected to a “comprehensive” modification that she hopes can be addressed in this legislature. And she has also confessed that she would “very much like” the House to soon recognize the Palestinian State, although she has stressed that this does not depend on her. Finally, asked about the ruling of the Constitutional Court that ruled in favor of former Podemos deputy Alberto Rodríguez who was stripped of his seat in application of a sentence imposed by the Supreme Court, Armengol has avoided entering into controversy over a decision that the Table that The chair was also socialist Meritxell Batet, whom he has praised politically and personally. In her opinion, this ruling shows that “the separation of powers works.”



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