Calvo defends his appointment to the Council of State: “It is part of the uses and customs of politics in democracy”

Former vice president Carmen Calvo has defended her appointment as head of the Council of State, whose approval will take place at the meeting of the Council of Ministers this Tuesday, claiming that “it is part of the uses and customs of politics” in Spain and ” in any democracy.” This is how the former PSOE deputy spoke in an interview on Cadena Ser, collected by Europa Press, when asked about a former official from Pedro S├ínchez’s Government being the president of the supreme advisory body. In it, Calvo compared her election to former President John F. Kennedy “appointing his brother” attorney general of the United States. “The constitutions have everything quite well thought out,” Calvo stressed, pointing out that in Spain and other countries around us “the counterweights to organize power” have been accumulating. “You have acronyms and ideas that people know what they are, what happens is that then you have to perform your work with a certain nobility,” she stressed. Thus, she has defended that in these State positions there be “experience profiles” that have “technical knowledge” for the issues that are consulted in the Council of State. In this regard, she recalled that she has held different regional and national positions that endorse her for this position. Asked if she is worried that the opposition will appeal her appointment as happened with former minister Magdalena Valerio, who was later overturned by the Supreme Court, Calvo responded that “in public life she is subject to anything” and has defended her professional career as a doctor in constitutional law, among other merits. Regarding the criticism of the general secretary of the PP, Cuca Gamarra, for her appointment, Calvo reminded her that there are also former PP ministers as advisors in the Council of State “issuing reports.” “It is the mechanics in which the Popular Party continually operates and that does nothing to help either the prestige of politics or the tranquility of the institutions,” she elaborated. Calvo resigned this Monday from her seat in Congress to be the Government’s candidate to preside over the Council of State to replace former minister Magdalena Valerio, whose appointment was annulled by Justice. The candidate will be proposed this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers, as confirmed by socialist sources, and, before her designation is official in the BOE, she must pass a suitability exam in Congress.

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