The Board rejects the amendment to the whole Credit, which will be approved next Friday

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The General Assembly of the Principality of Asturias (JGPA) has rejected the amendment of Forum Asturias that sought to return the draft Extraordinary Credit Law to the Government. The measure has had the support of the three deputies of Forum Asturias, the abstention of Citizens and the opposing votes of PSOE, PP, Podemos and Izquierda Unida. With the vote on Thursday, the loan will continue with its parliamentary procedure and will be approved next Friday with the support of the PSOE, Podemos and IU.

The spokeswoman of Asturias Forum, Cristina Coto, has defended this Thursday its total amendment contrary to the credit of 111.3 million euros proposed by the Government, on understanding that “it does not respond to the interest” of the Principality.

The Minister of Finance and Public Sector, Dolores Carcedo, has taken the floor in the first place to defend the law that today was intended to amend, criticizing the Forum “worry more with whom than what is agreed.” He has considered “difficult to understand” that groups that oppose the credit law “get upset” by current spending and social spending while proposing amendments for more spending.

Taking into account that the Government presented the draft bill “with transparency” to all the groups, Carcedo regretted that “some groups” changed their opinion regarding the loan after the approval of the same by the Governing Council.

The amendment of the Forum reflects that the proposal of the Executive “only obeys the interest of the Government of Asturias in giving continuity to socialist budgets extended after the return of the Project for 2018, which year after year have dragged us to the tail of Spain”.

The president of the Forum has criticized aspects of the bill, such as the fires in the south-west, the matching of personnel in health emergencies, the “abandonment” of concerted education or the Administration of Justice. On this last point, Coto has lamented that the Asturian Justice “exploded of abandonment” while the credit was negotiated. The solution of the Government, has lamented, “they are 600,000 euros.” They will be lucky if with this they rehabilitate a court “, has asserted.


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Coto has referred to the game destined to amortize debt, of 45 million, criticizing that the Government seeks to approve a loan to pay debt, “a pufo for more pufo”, leaving “only” 44 million euros for current expenditure. In short, the Forum leader criticized this project, calling it a “budget fragment” and stating that it “does not face” the problems of Asturias.

In the same line the deputy of Citizens Armando Fernandez Bartolomé has criticized that the Asturian Government lives “of borrowed”, accumulating a “snowball of money that we owe” because the Executive has been “incapable” of articulating policies that remove to Asturias from This “vortex”.

The “dependency on indebtedness” is, in his opinion, “a very serious matter”. Instead of borrowing to “pay debt”, Citizens consider it necessary to undertake “very deep” and structural changes, with measures to generate employment. “The policies that radiograph this budget ‘microproject’ are not going to take Asturias out of the situation it is in, we are convinced,” he asserted.


The spokesman of Izquierda Unida, Gaspar Llamazares, has defended the legislative project for its social commitment and the investments contemplated in it, and has criticized the position of Forum Asturias, with which the training seeks to “mark an alternative to the Government” to a year of the regional elections.

The fact that PSOE, Podemos and IU have managed to agree the loan is, according to the spokesman, a “lever” that allows to endow certain items such as the program contract with the University, actions in health infrastructure, or the fight against air pollution. It is also a “lever” to “introduce changes in the management of these aspects in the last year of the legislature”.

The spokesman of the coalition of lefts has criticized the position of PP and Forum to suggest “contubernios” around the credit and to assure that a “tripartite coalition of radicals” exists in the autonomic camera. “This credit does not give so much, to make an electoral strategy,” he stressed.

From Podemos the parliamentarian Enrique López has rejected the amendment of Forum, as well as his “theories of conspiracies, tripartite and others”. However, it has come to the defense of the Forum in response to the Government’s criticisms for “delaying” the process by presenting this amendment. “It is not fair to attribute to Forum or any other group some blame that only corresponds to the Government that did not act as its responsibility obliged,” he said.

Regarding the credit law, he has defended the support of his group to the text for having achieved “progress for the people”, with a 50 percent reduction in family fees for Early Childhood Education. With the support of the proposal of the socialist government, from Podemos they seek “to continue advancing towards a political and social change that improves the lives of the people in Asturias”.

For the PP the law of Credit is “a consolation prize”, as affirmed by the parliamentarian José Agustín Cuervas-Mons. The ‘popular’ deputy has criticized that in the process of negotiating this credit there has been “more transparency for some than for others” and has once again referred to agreements “below the table”. “I think there are, if not, do not understand inexplicable turns in the process,” he said.


The deputy of the PSOE Margarita Vega has left this Thursday in defense of the credit law and has criticized that the right seeks to “wear down” the government although that means “harming” the Asturians.

This attitude is due, in his view, to the fact that the right “fears the left” when it acts jointly and “pulls its claws” to charge against them. The debate around the credit law, he said, “portrays” this type of attitude.

The Project “has managed to get the masks of the rights down, showing their true face”, according to Vega. The socialist parliamentarian has referred to the “face” of those who prefer “to maintain privileges before adopting measures for equality” or to lower taxes “to a few” before deploying measures “for all”.

“This law stands on its own, has a clear, egalitarian political background, to take forward policies that allow progress,” he summarized.

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