This in view of the third anniversary of the independent referendum declared illegal by Spain (1 October 2017) and the expected Supreme Court ruling on the Catalan prime minister Quim Torra. The highest Spanish court on Monday confirmed an earlier ruling by the Catalan Supreme Court that Torra violated election rules in 2019 and must therefore be removed from office with immediate effect.
It therefore seemed sensible to the government not to stir things up further by having the king present at the ceremony at which new judges were appointed. To the President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, was asked to postpone the ceremony for a few days, so that tensions could be avoided. Lesmes had ignored the request, said Countryside.
During the weekend a lot of discussion had arisen in Spain about the fact that Lesmes had let slip on Friday that he was with the King Felipe had spoken and that he had come ‘very gladly’. The Unidas Podemos government party considered that an unacceptable interference by Felipe in cabinet affairs. That criticism of the king led to hundreds of Madrid residents on Sunday evening responding to a call from the right-wing opposition parties to applaud from their balconies in solidarity with the king.
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