Law suspended for vote on Basque self-rule
The Constitutional Court suspended Basque legislation that would allow a plebiscite on self-rule on Thursday.18 July 2008
MADRID - The Constitutional Court on Thursday suspended Basque legislation that would allow a plebiscite on self-rule to be held in the northern region in October after judges agreed to hear the Spanish government's opposing case.
The move enacts a five-month suspension of the regional Law of Consultation, approved by the Basque Parliament in June, while the court decides on the constitutionality of Basque Nationalist Premier Juan José Ibarretxe's proposal to consult the Basque people on whether they want to open a debate on self-rule.
The Spanish government alleges that only the state, not a regional government, can authorise such a plebiscite, but Ibarretxe's government claims Madrid is basing its case on "falsehoods and lies."
[El Pais / Expatica]