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The two main Spanish parties agree to set up commission for Constitutional reform

Agreement reached between Spanish president Mariano Rajoy and leader of the opposition Pedro Sánchez one day after Carles Puigdemont’s speech in parliament

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11 October 2017 02:46 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The leader of the opposition and of the Spanish Socialist´s Party, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Wednesday that he has reached an agreement with Spanish president Mariano Rajoy to set up a parliamentary commission on constitutional reform.

He explained at a press conference that the agreement aims to get the ball rolling “as soon as possible,” allowing the commission to evaluate the situation in Catalonia as well as other issues. They expect to set it up within six months or so. 

Despite this apparent offering of an olive branch to Catalonia, Sánchez did consider it as “apparent” that article 155 is “being activated” as a result of the “irresponsibility" of the Catalan government, regardless of the agreement to set up the commission on reform, reiterating his support for the Spanish government’s response against Carles Puigdemont. 

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  • Spanish president Mariano Rajoy with leader of the opposition Pedro Sánchez earlier this month (by ACN)