Incitement reform reaches Congress by vote

Madrid (EFE).- The proposal of the PSOE and Unidas Podemos to curb the crime of sedition goes to the Congress this Thursday, which will consider considering the reform with an unusual voice vote and MP by MP, a formula to which he forced the PP with the aim that the Socialists “depicted” themselves.

The discussion of the controversial initiative to transform the offense of inciting to riot with aggravated circumstances, with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison, comes at a particularly tense moment between the Government and the PP, with a constant exchange of reproaches during the week during which, predictably, this Thursday the executive branch will present the overall budgets for 2023

Following the vote on public accounts, Congress will hold a second plenary session where it is expected to approve consideration of sedition offense reform after a debate that is expected to be fierce from the outset following heavy criticism of the text that came from PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, who believe that it is made especially for the Catalan independence leaders involved in the “trials”.

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PSOE Representative Patxy Lopez on the last day of debate and voting on budgets in the plenary session of Congress this Thursday. EFE / Chema Moya

At the moment, the PP has already forced the vote to be an appeal, that is, deputy by deputy and aloud, so that every socialist parliamentarian expresses his voice publicly. The “people” can force it to be carried out in this way, because they have more than a fifth of the deputies, as provided for in the Rules of Procedure of the Congress.

Vote on appeal, a very unusual formula

This is a very unusual vote as this formula is only used for votes of no confidence, confidence questions or investment debates; This was also done, for example, with the abdication law in 2014, when King Juan Carlos abdicated in favor of his son Felipe V.

After the vote, this initiative will start its parliamentary process, which will later continue with the submission of full amendments and then articles, a process in which amendments can be registered to also change the crime of embezzlement, as desired by the ERC.

Republicans will move the lawsuit to plenary despite the executive branch chilling expectations after United We Can coalition partners and investiture allies see no clear modification of the crime that could affect other cases of corruption.

Express reform that will change the position of the leaders of the “processes”.

The urgent need to take this bill into account is another aspect that is at the center of criticism from the PP and Ciudadanos. From the party of Alberto Nunez Feijoo, they sharply accuse the executive branch of pushing the accelerator with this express reform in order to enlist the support of the independents for the budgets.

If passed, the proposal, which reduces the maximum prison sentence for sedition from 15 years to 5 years, which disappears and is renamed “aggravated disorderly conduct” with a disqualification of up to 8 years, could lead to a review of sentences handed down by the Supreme Court. trial to the already pardoned leaders of the “trials”, such as Oriol Junqueras.

For his part, former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who has not yet taken the bench because he is on the run, will use this reform before European justice to try to get his parliamentary immunity recognized, although Supreme Court sources say it will not protect him. in Spain.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at