Deadlock lifts at last over Constitutional reforms

7th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 December 2006, MADRID — Long-delayed reforms to the Spanish Constitution now appear back on the cards on Thursday.

7 December 2006

MADRID — Long-delayed reforms to the Spanish Constitution now appear back on the cards on Thursday.

After a deadlock between the political parties, the main conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) has changed tack and is ready to discuss changing 14 parts of the 28-year-old document.

After a year of battles over constitutional reform and regional autonomy statutes, the offer from the PP for talks was accepted by the socialist government.

The government proposes to change the rules for accession to the throne of a female heir, to give delegates to the upper house of parliament more control and specifically name the European Union and the 17 Spanish regions in the document.

But the PP has not made clear its plans and there is considerable animosity between the parties, so hopes of a breakthrough might be premature.

The main division is over proposed peace talks with ETA.

The socialists want to open peace talks, the PP remains against any dialogue until ETA gives up its arsenal of weapons.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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