Spain's Socialists reform law second time around

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2004, MADRID-Spain's Socialist government has finally approved a reform in the way judges are chosen – at the second attempt.

29 November 2004

MADRID-Spain's Socialist government has finally approved a reform in the way judges are chosen – at the second attempt.

Last week, the administration of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero suffered an embarrassing hiccup when not enough deputies turned up to vote through the new reform.

The Spanish parliament had to sit again on Sunday in an extraordinary session to pass the reform and it was eventually rubber-stamped on Monday by the cabinet.

It will now be sent to the Congress to be heard, before it is expected to given Royal approval.

Last Thursday, when the new reform should have been passed in the Spanish parliament, 56 deputies were missing from the lower house - 18 of these were from Zapatero's own PSOE Socialist party.

The Socialists do not have an overall majority and depend on smaller opposition parties to get some measures through parliament.

On the day, they should have had 176 votes in favour of the reform. 

But only 169 deputies voted in favour and there were 124 deputies against – leaving the government unable to pass the new measure.

Spain's deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said the reform is designed to ensure that the system used to pick judges is "impartial and independent".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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