Pedro González-Treviano has resigned as president of the Constitutional Court amid criticism of reforms that the government has sought to unblock the renewal of both the Court of Guarantee and the General Council of the Judiciary. In a farewell speech on the same day that four new magistrates took office and a progressive majority was established, González-Treviano said: “Let’s not cloud the checks on our fundamental law and let’s not rush reforms that would affect the original constitutional agreement.
Today’s speech by the president of the Constitutional Council came shortly before Juan Carlos Campo, Laura Dies, Cesar Tollosa and Maria Luisa Segoviano took office as new members in the plenary session, calling for the constitution to be renewed in time, not months. The delay, as it happened this time, also speaks of the candidates that should have been chosen, and calls for “the proper selection of the best and the strongest, if we do not want, as President Emeritus Cruz Villalon has pointed out, to fall into irrelevance.”
The outgoing president sent several messages with a political key to the assembly hall, together with government representatives such as Minister Felix Bolaños or the presidents of the Senate and Congress, protagonists of the plenary decisions of the last weeks, which prevented the processing of the legal reform of the unlocking. Exactly this update.
“Let’s not turn the consensus and qualified majority provided by the constitution into automatic quota regimes or an indefinite deadlock. Neither blurring the checks and balances of our fundamental law, nor rush through reforms that affect the original constitutional pact without consensus, nor erode the autonomy of some constitutional bodies over others,” he said.
“The Constitutional Court cannot change the agreement that must be reached between political operators and therefore must not become a kind of agonistic arena in which ultimately essentially political conflicts are resolved with increasing regularity,” said González-Treviano. “It was not an easy time. They never are. Now maybe they are a little less. But let’s repeat the obvious. Constitutional fulfills its demanding task, which is not to discuss political issues, but legal requirements.
Source: El Diario