Court bid to scrap Catalan constitution
31 July 2006, MADRID – The conservative PP party on Monday started its legal bid to overturn the new statute for Catalonia.
31 July 2006
MADRID – The conservative PP party on Monday started its legal bid to overturn the new statute for Catalonia.
Last month, Catalans in the northeastern region of Spain overwhelmingly voted in favour of the statue in a referendum.
However, the Popular Party argues that the greater autonomy granted to the region from Madrid goes against the Spanish Constitution.
It claims it gives Catalans more rights, privileges and financing than the rest of Spaniards living in other autonomous regions.
"It has unilaterally destroyed the state model, from the current state of autonomous regions to an asymmetrical confederation which privileges Catalonia", said PP leader Mariano Rajoy. And it has done that with the support of 35 percent of voters in an autonomous region without all Spaniards giving their point of view."
The party argues its case in 411 pages which have been presented to the Constitutional Court.
The conservatives also argue the definition of Catalonia as a nation is unconstitutional since the constitution defines Spain as a nation.
Rajoy said if the Constitutional Court does not rule in its favour, its next step will be to fight the next general election on the platform of political reform to state which aspects of policy belong to the central government.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news