The Spanish Government Has Ruled Out Holding A Referendum On The Country's Monarchy
The Spanish government will not hold a referendum on the form of government, according to Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom Carmen Calvo, speaking at the Congress of Deputies (Lower House of Parliament).
A representative of the Basque nationalist party "Bildu" John Inarritu asked the Deputy head of the Cabinet about the possibility of holding a plebiscite on the issue of the monarchical form of government. "No referendum is planned," Calvo assured. "The leadership of the state is not in doubt in this country."
Spain is a parliamentary monarchy, with the king as the head of state. Recently, the local media has been getting more and more information related to the investigations in Spain and Switzerland against Juan Carlos I, the former head of state and father of King Philip VI. Some of them are based on the claims of entrepreneur Corinna Larsen, who could be a former mistress of the former head of state.
In Spain, an investigation is underway related to the conclusion of a contract for the construction of a high - speed railway in Saudi Arabia on the Mecca-Medina line. According to Larsen, Juan Carlos I may have received illegal commissions for mediating negotiations with the Saudi side so that the contract for the construction of a high - speed railway on the Mecca-Medina line would go to a consortium of Spanish companies.
In March this year, King Philip VI of Spain decided to officially renounce the inheritance that he could have received from his father, Juan Carlos I, amid reports that the former head of state received about €65 million from Saudi Arabia. Besides, by the decision of the monarch, the former head of the state no longer receives funds from the budget of the Royal court. This statement came after media reports that Philip VI may be the beneficiary of an offshore Fund established in 2008 in Panama and linked to his father.
Earlier, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez did not rule out the possibility of making changes to the country's Constitution to limit the king's immunity.