The deputy of Junts per Catalunya, Pilar Calvo, broke voting discipline this Wednesday by absenting from the vote in the lower house on the validation of the three royal decrees, including that of urgent measures to reduce temporary employment in the public employment which contemplates limiting temporary contracts with a maximum of three years, compensate interns who lose their place with 20 days per year worked and make fixed more than 300,000 places that are now temporary.
Those of Carles Puigdemont they had positioned themselves against the decree and in such a tight vote, where every vote is vital, Calvo’s absence tipped the balance in favor of the government decree. The first vote ended with a tie of 170 votes and 170 votes against and 8 abstentions. If the nationalist deputy had voted in line with her parliamentary group, the decree would have fallen with 171 votes against.
Calvo and the deputy from Podemos, Roberto UriarteThey were the only House deputies who did not vote. In the second vote, the also deputy ‘morada’ Rosa María Medel Pérez, who in the first vote had positioned herself against the decree, decided not to vote and thus let the decree go ahead with 170 ‘yeses’, 169 ‘noes’ and 8 abstentions. It is known that within the coalition Executive there have been discrepancies over this decree. Likewise, the opposition of PP, Vox and Cs voted against. Also the PNV, despite being a priority partner of the Executive.
Finally, ERC in a script twist and after attacking and criticizing the decree and the Government harshly from the rostrum, announced the positive vote to give “one last chance” to the Government.
Discomfort in Together
Calvo’s decision not to vote caused unease in the ranks of the Junts. It is unknown if it was for a mere mistake or for other reasons. Both the 4 deputies from the Junts and the 4 from the PDeCAT, which make up the Plural Group, participated remotely and there were no other surprises in the direction of the vote. “In voting like this, where the vote is so tight, deputies are advised to vote in line with the party “, explain parliamentary sources.
In fact, those of Carles Puigdemont attacked his partners in the Catalan Executive for supporting the decree, but Calvo’s ‘ruling’ has added value to his criticism. In addition, while the vote was taking place, Calvo released a statement from the Intersindical independence union against the decree on his social networks, stating that it would provoke the “Most massive ERE in the Catalan public sector”.
Calvo, faithful to Puigdemont
Calvo made the leap in Congress after the departure of Laura Borràs, current president of the Parliament, and Jaime Alonso Cuevillas in regional politics. As reported through social networks, both the former Catalan president fled to Waterloo and the general secretary of the Junts, Jordi Sànchez, asked him to “go to Madrid to occupy one of the seats that will remain free in Congress.”
The sports journalist was one of the most voted leaders in the party’s primaries, but she made the leap to the capital at the request of Puigdemont. Calvo promised his position in Catalan for “loyalty, for the mandate of October 1, for the freedom of political prisoners and the return of exiles and by legal imperative “.
The deputy is also a member of the Crida Nacional per la República, the political movement created by Carles Puigdemont.
Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.
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