Opposition plans ambush over new Franco law

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8 January 2007, MADRID — The opposition Popular Party is planning to block a controversial law to give reparations to victims of the Franco regime.

8 January 2007

MADRID — The opposition Popular Party is planning to block a controversial law to give reparations to victims of the Franco regime.

The Law of Historical Memory will give 'moral redress' to those who were victims of Franco during the Civil War and after.

But the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Monday the Popular Party (PP) is to prevent the formation of a five-member panel which would decide which trials unfairly sentenced people to death.

This is a central tenet of the bill, but under article 5 of the draft legislation, members of the panel can only be appointed by a three-fifths majority in the Congress.

The PP, which opposes the bill, controls two-fifths of the lower house of parliament which is enough to allow it to block the formation of this panel.

The PP claims the law favours only Republican victims and will turn the clock back on history.

If they go ahead with this move, the socialist government may have to change the terms of the bill.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

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