Candido Condé-Pompido is the new president of the Constitutional Court. The former state attorney general won his battle with the also-progressive María Luisa Balaguer, receiving six votes, one more than the professor with whom he contested the position. Condé-Pompido’s term will run until the end of her tenure on the Constitutional Court in 2026, the first term in a decade in which the Constitutional Court will have a progressive majority of magistrates.
Sources in the Court of Guarantee explain that not only the presidency will be progressive: the vice president of the court was also the magistrate of this sector, Inmaculada Montalbán, one of the most recent additions to the court at the renewal of 2021.
The dispute over the chairmanship of the Guarantee Court remained in limbo until the vote. In recent months, various sources have considered the candidacy of Candido Conde-Pompido, who has the majority support of the Progressive Bloc, but Professor María Luisa Balaguer has also made public her intention to run for office. His candidacy was carried out by gaining the support of the conservative sector and, in addition to his own votes, also from progressive people.
In the end, it was Condé-Pompido who took office, starting his term with seven progressive magistrates and four conservatives, waiting for the Senate to appoint another conservative magistrate after the resignation of Alfredo Montoya for health reasons. Mandate on the court’s agenda with several key issues such as the PP’s appeal against the abortion law and other appeals on the euthanasia law, the Celaa education law or the annulment of Alberto Rodríguez’s seat, among others.
Candido Conde-Pumpido (A Coruña, 1949) came to the Constitutional Court in 2017 at the suggestion of the Senate, after being the Attorney General José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2004-2011) in two legislative bodies and a member of the Criminal Chamber. Supreme Court since 1995. Before reaching the Supreme Court, he worked in courts and tribunals in San Sebastián, Segovia, Zamora and Ourense.
Source: El Diario