Congress rejects turn of the Government of Spain on SADR | News
The ruling Spanish Socialist Workers Party, of President Pedro Sánchez, was left alone this Thursday in a vote in the local Congress, which criticized the turn of the Government in relation to the independence of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, after an agreement between Spain and Morocco in this regard.
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The vote precedes the visit made by President Sánchez to Morocco from this Thursday, at the invitation of King Mohamed VI, in which they are expected to address the terms of the agreement announced in a letter sent the previous month by the Spanish Government to the monarchy Moroccan, which harms the access to independence of the people of Western Sahara.
The proposal has gone ahead with 168 votes in favor, the other partner parties of the Government, in addition to the opposition Popular Party, 118 against, those of the PSOE, and 61 abstentions.
The PSOE complained about the speech of its partner Podemos during the debate on the initiative, after a deputy from Podemos questioned the Executive of Pedro Sánchez during his speech and compared the situation in the Sahara with that in Ukraine.
During the debate on the initiative, the Podemos deputy, Gerardo Pisarello, commented that last Tuesday the Congress recognized in an act the right of the Ukrainian people to “exist”, for which “nothing would justify not defending it with the same conviction the right of the Saharawi people to freely determine themselves against the colonialist pretensions of Mohamed VI”.
Today in Congress we have approved a PNL so that the UN resolutions on Western Sahara are respected. A proposal that we made together with our investiture partners, with the PSOE voting against.
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The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, and the Moroccan King Mohamed VI are the stars of a meeting this Thursday in Rabat that will symbolize the definitive closure of the diplomatic crisis between Spain and Morocco and the opening of a new stage in the bilateral relationship.
Sánchez will travel to the Moroccan capital invited by the Alaouite monarch, who has wanted the chief executive to accompany him in the “iftar” of this day, the moment in which the fast is broken on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
The aim is thus to overcome the crisis that began a year ago with Morocco’s anger at the hospital admission in Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Brahim Gali.