Wednesday, November 30

Aragonès asks for respect for the new head of the Mossos and Illa censures the “purge” of ERC in the police

The Government of Pere Aragonès has begun its period of greatest parliamentary solitude with a new crisis in the Mossos d’Esquadra. The dismissal of the chief commissioner of the regional police, Josep Maria Estela, has starred in the face-to-face meeting in the control session between the president and the leader of the opposition, Salvador Illa, who has made the ERC “purge” ugly in the body and he asked Aragonès if he was thinking of dismissing the Minister of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena. The answer has been negative.

“Minister Elena deserves all my trust,” Aragonès has sentenced in the face of Illa’s criticism of the lack of explanations from the head of the Interior and from the president himself, who by law is ultimately responsible for the body. “I no longer ask her to solve problems, but at least she no longer believes,” Illa replied in a bitter parliamentary exchange. “The body deserves respect and the news that arrives about political interference is very worrying,” added the socialist.

Aragonès has wanted to reduce the tension and has admitted that Estela’s dismissal “was not a situation wanted by anyone”, in addition to showing his gratitude to the former police chief, now back as commissioner of the Lleida region. On the reasons for her dismissal, Aragonès has not left the script in recent days and has attributed it to “discrepancies” about the future of her body.

The president also wanted to support and ask for respect for the new interim head of the body, Commissioner Eduard Sallent, at the center of the accusations by the body itself for interference in investigations that affected legal cases of Junts members.

But Aragonès has not forgotten to return the dart to Illa and has reminded her that when the Socialists held the Interior portfolio in the first tripartite they appointed six commissioners when the Government was already in office. “The appointment of commissioners is not political interference”, Aragonès stressed.

In short, the Catalan regional police have not been able to distance themselves from the center of the political debate, to the chagrin of many officers and commanders. Pending the appointment of the new chief commissioner, Elena will appear in the coming days at her own request before the Chamber, but this Wednesday she has already had to answer questions from the opposition. “There will be no political interference in the judicial police and in the operations of the Mossos, but there will also be no police interference in decisions that correspond to politics,” she asserted.

Aragonès confirms his parliamentary loneliness

Before the questions from the opposition, Aragonès has appeared to give an account of the remodeling of the Government after the crisis with Junts and has been able to see first-hand the difficult task that governing with only 33 of 135 deputies will entail. The opposition parties have not tired of repeating that the Government is in a minority and have asked the president to clarify what parliamentary support he has.

Ill has demanded from the president that if he does not want to call elections “please sit down and talk”, after Aragonès did not rule out a “technical” budget extension of 15 days due to the delay that the Govern crisis will entail in the presentation of the accounts. Aragonès has insisted that his first search for support for the accounts will be from his former partners at Junts, who this Wednesday have not shown much predisposition to debut them but rather have been released in the opposition with a harsh tone towards the president.

Aragonès has warned that it will be “very heavy” for Junts to approve the budgets, and has insisted that, if the accounts “were good 10 days ago” when the former Economy Minister Jaume Giró prepared them, now they must make it easier for them to move forward. “If you want agreements with us, you already know which path you must recover and must rectify”, the Junts spokesman, Albert Batet, has replied, reports Europa Press.

The president has also expressed his confidence that they can reach agreements with the CUP and the comuns and has summoned both groups to meet to negotiate. For her part, Jéssica Albiach (comuns) has branded it foolish to propose a budget extension and also promote the same accounts that former Minister Jaume Giró promoted, while at the same time raising a solidarity tax on income above 175,000 euros.

The deputy of the CUP Xavier Pellicer has asked Aragonès if he will reconsider his position on the anti-capitalist proposals presented in the General Policy Debate (DPG) and that the ERC rejected, and has asked him to extend his hand to negotiate with specifics, because he considers that doing so in the abstract is “electoral calculation, short-sighted tactics.”