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Congress approves the reform of article 49 of the Constitution to eliminate 'disabled' with the only rejection of Vox

   MADRID, 18 Ene.

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Congress approves the reform of article 49 of the Constitution to eliminate 'disabled' with the only rejection of Vox


Congress approved this Thursday, January 18, in an extraordinary plenary session, the proposal to reform article 49 of the Constitution to eliminate the term 'disabled', with the only rejection of the Vox deputies, who when taking into consideration the initiative last Tuesday they did not support the initiative either, but decided to abstain.

Now the Lower House will send the text to the Senate, where it is expected to be definitively approved following the agreement of PSOE and PP not to accept amendments from other parliamentary groups. The session was held again in the Senate due to the works in the Lower House and the vote was carried out electronically.

In this way, as agreed by Pedro Sánchez and Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the modification has been carried out by express means. The Congress Board yesterday refused to accept the amendments presented to the text.

This constitutional reform was promoted by the Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) in 2018 and, together with the support of the then vice president of the Government, the socialist Carmen Calvo, it reached Congress with a unanimous agreement to replace the article with a new one. text "more in line with the new times."

Currently, article 49 of the Constitution is worded in this way: "The public powers will carry out a policy of provision, treatment, rehabilitation and integration of the physically, sensorially and mentally handicapped, to whom they will provide the specialized attention they require and will protect them. especially for the enjoyment of the rights that this Title grants to all citizens."

This reform seeks to change the wording to "people with disabilities exercise the rights provided for in this Title under conditions of real and effective freedom and equality." "The special protection necessary for said exercise will be regulated by law," it is added.

Furthermore, the second point will state: "The public authorities will promote policies that guarantee the full personal autonomy and social inclusion of people with disabilities, in universally accessible environments. Likewise, they will encourage the participation of their organizations, in the terms established by the established by law. The specific needs of women and minors with disabilities will be particularly addressed."

In 2018 there was a first attempt at reform that had the support of the Commission of all the parliamentary groups that then made up Congress, but the call for elections for 2019 prevented its processing from continuing. In the following legislature it was resumed and the PP and PSOE managed to discreetly leave an editorial closed, but there was no climate or time to carry it out.