Spanish King says country should be willing to adapt in Constitution anniversary event

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CONSTITUTION SPEECH: Spain’s King said the document was the “living soul” of democracy CREDIT: Royal Household, via Twitter

SPAIN’S King has told members of parliament that the country should be willing to move forward during a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution.

King Felipe, who was speaking before the Congress of Deputies to mark Constitution Day yesterday (Thursday), said democracy was “firmly and fully” consolidated 40 years after its adoption.

Spain should have a will to adapt the Spanish way of life to the reality of each moment, the King added.

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“The Constitution is a permanent mandate of concord among Spaniards. It is the will to understand through word and reason and right our differences and our diversity and it is the spirit of solidarity and generosity that unites the moral fibre of our society,” King Felipe said.

“It has brought the greatest development in the history of Spain.

“But Spain today is very different from that of December 6, 1978,” the King added.

King Felipe went on to say the monarchy was “indissolubly united” with the Constitutional order and with democracy and freedom.

He also praised his father the King Emeritus Juan Carlos for his role in helping to draw up the Constitution and he also paid tribute to people who had lost their lives in Spain to “terrorist unreason”.

“The constitutional feeling, consciously or sometimes unconsciously, is deeply rooted in our attitudes because the Constitution is the living soul of our democracy,” the king said.

King Felipe was joined by Queen Letizia and their daughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, as well as Juan Carlos and the Queen Emeritus Sofia.

Government officials including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez were also on hand for the ceremony which was attended by members of parliament.

 

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