Conservatives call for referendum on Catalonia

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, MADRID – The conservatives on Tuesday afternoon presented more than four million signatures calling for a national referendum on the constitution agreed for Catalonia.

25 April 2006

MADRID – The conservatives on Tuesday afternoon presented more than four million signatures calling for a national referendum on the constitution agreed for Catalonia.

PP leader Mariano Rajoy said the 4,028,000 people who had signed his party's petition were neither right-wing nor left-wing. They simply believed the new constitution approved by the Spanish parliament for Catalonia breached "the rights and responsibilities" of Spaniards which were established in 1978 when the country's constitution was agreed.

The PP took two months to collect the signatures in the street and via the internet, calling for a referendum on the question: "Do you believe it is right that Spain continues to be one nation in which all citizens are equal in rights and responsibilities, as well as in access to public benefits?"

Rajoy and PP's president in Catalonia, Josep Pique, jointly presented the petition in congress.

Socialist vice-president Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega dismissed the petition, stating it was calling for an "unconstitutional referendum".

She added that the conservatives had only been able to muster "a few" of their voters and added that 60 percent of potential voters had not signed up to the petition.

Catalonia's 'estatut' is now being considered by Spain's upper house, the Senate, which on Monday rejected an amendment to the entire constitution proposed by the PP.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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