The election of Gabilondo as Ombudsman anticipates the imminent pact between the Government and PP

  • The Executive and the popular hope to announce in the next few hours the renewal of the Constitutional Court, the Accounts Court and the Data Protection Agency

  • Sánchez urges to close the appointments of the bodies already agreed as soon as possible and asks to continue working to also change the Judicial Power

Angel Gabilondo will be the next Ombudsman. It is the first name agreed between the Government and the PP that has transcended among those who have chosen to renew the constitutional bodies with expired mandate. According to sources from both parties, the agreement to change the representatives of the Constitutional Court, the Court of Accounts and the Data Protection Agency is mature and they hope to be able to announce it in the next few hours. Both the Executive and Pablo Casado’s party will continue to talk about the renewal of the unlocking of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which has expired for almost three years.

The name of Ángel Gabilondo was on the table “always”, “in the different stages” in which both parties have dialogued for this renewal process, pointed out sources from the leadership of the PP.

The popular, according to these sources, have accepted that the Ombudsman is represented by a “politician & rdquor ;, because“ this has always happened & rdquor ;. In the last three cases, for example, they were people with long runs in the two main parties: Soledad Becerril (PP, 2012-2017), María Luisa Llano Cava (PP, 2010-2012) and Enrique Múgica (PSOE, 2000-2010). At the moment, the socialist Francisco Fernández Marugán, Becerril’s deputy, is in charge of the institution. Acts in office, since the mandate of the former delegate expired in 2017.

Married Yes, it has asked that both the members of the Constitutional Court and those of the Court of Accounts be people who have not been linked to any party in recent years.

Gabilondo was rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid (2002-2009), Minister of Education during the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2009-2011) and last May he resigned his act as deputy of the PSOE in the Assembly after suffering a debacle against Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP).

From Brussels, where he will participate in the European Council, the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has urged the leader of the PP to take steps towards the renewal of the Judiciary, taking for granted that he hopes to close the agreement on the rest of the institutions “over hours or days.” “Unfortunately the PP has allowed the unlocking of four out of five institutions, but the CGPJ still remains, it is a very important power and I would like the PP to be able to reach an agreement to renew it,” he pointed out upon his arrival at the leaders’ summit. Europeans.

Negotiators’ “fluid” relationship

The conservatives have proposed, for their part, the name of the deputy although they have not wanted to reveal it. The conversations between the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, continue. According to sources from the two teams, they have managed to establish a “fluid” relationship that is beginning to amend the lack of institutional dialogue between the Executive and the main opposition party. They don’t just meet face to face. Mobile to mobile messages are constant.

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Bolaños and García Egea promised to make public the names they have chosen this week. As published by this newspaper on Monday, the conversations have also been addressing how to unblock CGPJ, which has expired for almost three years. The crux is that they must reach a meeting point between the PP, which asks for a reliable commitment that the organic law will be changed so that 12 of the 20 members of the CGPJ are elected by themselves, and the PSOE, which resists modify the rule already although it is open to debate possible changes.

In any case, this renewal that is going to be done now must be carried out with the 1985 law. Any legal change would affect the next renewal process, in 2026.

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