Sanchez violated Spanish constitution and international law in Western Sahara

Madrid, 26 March 2022 (SPS) - Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Yolanda Diaz, affirmed that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's decision regarding Western Sahara is "unconstitutional," noting that Sanchez "violated the Spanish constitution as well as international law in order to satisfy the Moroccan occupation regime."

Diaz said, during her appearance as a guest on the "Hoy por Hoy" program broadcast by "Cadina Ser" Radio, that "Pedro Sanchez's recent position on Western Sahara is contrary to the constitution and international legitimacy," adding that Sanchez "violated the constitution of Spain and international law to satisfy the Moroccan occupation regime." 

in this context, Diaz clarified that "the prime minister did not present the position expressed in a letter to the Moroccan monarch for consultations or a vote at the Council of Ministers," adding that "it is unconstitutional and illegal in all respects."

In terms of international legitimacy, the Deputy Prime Minister of Spain recalled, in her statement, "the most recent United Nations resolution on the conflict in Western Sahara to refute the arguments put forward by the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, before Parliament last Wednesday to justify the Government's illegal position."

Diaz clarified that the United Nations resolutions "did not speak about the proposal presented by the Kingdom of Morocco on the so-called "autonomy" in Western Sahara, but rather emphasized the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara" through the organization of a self-determination referendum.

Yolanda Diaz, the leader of the "Podemos" party members within the government coalition, had confirmed in a tweet on Friday, her rejection to Sanchez's decision, adding "I renew my commitment to defend the Sahrawi people and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, any solution to the conflict must pass through dialogue and respect for the will of the Sahrawis, and I will continue to work on that."

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