Subdued Constitution Day Commemoration In Madrid

Today marks the official commemoration of Spain´s post dictatorship democratic constitution.

Under Covid distancing protocols and conditions, political leaders gathered on a wintry Sunday at the Congress of Deputies in Madrid to mark the occasion.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez stated that as long as his PSOE party is at helm of the Spanish government, “the Constitution will govern from east to west and from north to south, from the first to the last of its articles”.

Pedro Sanchez heads a minority coalition government with the Podermos Unidos group.

In an interview with the Spanish daily El Periódico, the prime minister said that his view but that his conception of Spain differs to that of the right in that his is “much more plural, much more diverse”. “Franco has gone from the Valley of the Fallen, but he is still in the minds of a few. Now, beyond a group of marginal nostalgics, what is truly worrying is the propagation of hateful messages from political galleries that are not marginal.”

The present constitution was passed in 1978 as Spain began a new chapter as a democratic state after 40 years of dictatorship which ended in 1975 with the death of General Franco.


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