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Spanish government to challenge motion against king

Catalan Parliament passed resolution demanding abolition of monarchy


16 October 2018 12:54 PM


ACN | Barcelona

The Spanish government will take a motion against the King of Spain passed by the Catalan Parliament last week to the Constitutional Court.

The text included condemning King Felipe for the role he played during the peak tension between Spain and Catalonia, including “justifying” the Spanish police violence on October 1. It also demanded the abolition of the Spanish monarchy.

The cabinet in Madrid will take the decision on Friday during its meeting, as explained by its vice president Carmen Calvo on Tuesday morning.

  • "A regional parliament cannot try to define the form of state of Spain"

    Camen Calvo · Spanish vice president

“A regional parliament cannot try to define the form of state of Spain,” said Calvo.

Second time motion challenged by Socialists

This is set to be the second time since the new Socialist Spanish government takes a Catalan Parliament decision to Spain’s Constitutional Court.

In July, it challenged a motion passed by the Catalan Parliament confirming its commitment towards a Catalan state.

Motion against king

The motion was proposed by the left-wing coalition Catalunya en Comú-Podem (CatECP) and passed with votes from Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) and Esquerra Republicana (ERC), the two main pro-independence parties and government partners.

The parties that voted in favor of the motion criticized King Felipe VI for his speech on October 3, 2017, in which he took on the Catalan government for organizing a referendum on independence deemed illegal and made no mention of police violence against voters.

The resolution also reassured support for “republican values" and abolishing “an outdated and anti-democratic institution like the monarchy."


  • Spanish vice president Carmen Calvo (by Tània Tàpia)

  • Spanish vice president Carmen Calvo (by Tània Tàpia)