Pilar Llop She entered the Government in July 2021. A magistrate by profession, she did so as Minister of Justice, replacing Juan Carlos Campo. She had previously been president of the Senate and deputy in the Madrid Assembly. But perhaps she hadn’t been as much under the media spotlight as the last few days. The reform of the law of only yes is yes has brought it to the fore. And the head of the Executive, Pedro Sanchezhas decided to reinforce it politically in the face of criticism from United We Can.
It is true that Llop’s words in an interview conducted last Tuesday generated discomfort in the socialist ranks, as reported by this medium. But that is already in the past for Moncloa and Ferraz. In fact, the minister tried to lower the tone in a series of interviews conducted on Wednesday morning. Some public appearances that, according to sources consulted by Public, they were already arranged from the same Monday. That is, they were not specifically sought to rectify anything.
Llop will intervene more in different media and will give statements to the media over the next few days. And this has an explanation, according to the sources consulted by this medium. He Sánchez himself has asked that the Minister of Justice explain the reform to the public. Due to its technical profile, mainly. But especially since the bill comes out of his team.
Sánchez’s decisions, as those who know him best always point out, are often unpredictable. But today neither in Moncloa nor in Ferraz give rise to a possible resignation or a departure from the Llop government. “To the contrary”, affirm the sources consulted, which exemplify this with the coordination followed in the communication of the reform. In Moncloa they consider that precisely “Now what it takes is more of Llop’s presence”.
The minister has been away from the law of the it’s just yes for several months but it is the voice chosen by the socialists to “stop the social alarm” and explain it to society, according to these sources. “She is the one who knows the subject wellhe has worked for his legal specialty”, they stress from the socialist ranks.
Yes, they do recognize some sources consulted that Llop’s words in Congress this Wednesday They have been able to generate suspicions and interpretations around a possible exit from the Government. “I feel absolutely responsible for this reform and I assume what may happen,” said the minister in a response to the PP during the control session. This, according to the sources consulted, is nothing more than assuming her role in the reform as the promoter of it.
The negotiating role now, after the failure of the dialogue between the ministries of Justice and Equality, falls on the parliamentary groups. In the socialist ranks, the Minister of Finance will now gain relevance, Maria Jesus Montero and the Presidency Felix Bolanosas is usual.
UP questions his approach
The matter is still far from being resolved between PSOE and UP according to the statements made publicly. All parties continue to trust that there is room for an agreed exit. But the positions are far apart and stranded. In Moncloa they consider that both formations have the “same objective”, which is to stop the reduction of penalties, but that there are different “interpretations at a technical level” about how to achieve it.
The Socialists insist that a “social alarm” and that the problem “is outside, on the street” because it is a very “painful” issue that affects very serious crimes. The socialist wing of the Government asks UP to abandon “very preconceived positions” while reiterating that the purples know that they do not want to question the issue of consent in the reform.
The objective of the PSOE is to reach an agreement with UP but at the same time they affirm that they are not worried if receive the positive votes of the PP to his proposed law. Something that Vice President Nadia Calviño already demonstrated this Tuesday in the Senate.
The general secretary of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarraaffirmed that Llop “is explaining himself well” because with his statements he shows that the proposal put forward by the PSOE to reform the norm seeks that “violence and intimidation once again be a fundamental factor to aggravate a sentence and, therefore, the center is not the consent”.
“We can’t go back to Penal Code of ‘La Manada’nor to tell the victim who, terrified, frightened, remained paralyzed during the attack that she is a second-rate victim and that her attacker will have fewer penalties than the woman who can prove an injury,” Belarra reiterated in statements to the “I would not like PP and Vox with their votes to get us to return to the Penal Code of ‘La Manada'”, also said the Minister of Equality Irene Montero.
The purple force has also focused on the role of one of the Justice advisers in the development of the reform. This is Francisco Javier Álvarez García, who charged this Monday against the definition of consent. In addition, different jurists, as this medium has published, consider that the new bill returns to Focus on the victim and not on the aggressor. Here would be, according to UP, the key to a debate on models despite the fact that the socialists insist that “consent is not touched”. The conflict paints that it will lengthen in time.