MADRID — Spain’s Parliament voted on Thursday to amend the nation’s structure for the third time in its historical past, eradicating the time period “handicapped” and changing it with “individuals with a incapacity.”
The change has lengthy been a requirement of individuals with disabilities in Spain. The modification to Article 49 additionally added that “public administrations will pursue insurance policies that assure the whole autonomy and social inclusion of individuals with disabilities.”
Spain’s ruling Socialist Social gathering and the conservative opposition Common Social gathering agreed to make the change in a uncommon second of consensus between the European nation’s largest political events.
The modification was additionally backed by all the opposite, smaller events represented within the chamber, aside from the far-right Vox occasion. It handed by a vote of 312 to 32. It required the help of three-fifths of the Parliament’s decrease chamber and should even be handed by the Senate, with the identical margin.
“Immediately is a superb day for our democracy,” stated Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who requested for forgiveness in identify of the nation for having taken so lengthy to make the change.
“We’re paying off an ethical debt that we’ve had with over 4 million of our fellow residents,” he stated.
Solely two prior amendments have been made to Spain’s 1978 Structure, which marked the return to democracy after the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.
The primary modification, in 1992, allowed residents of different European Union member states to run as candidates in municipal elections in Spain. The second modification, in 2011, was to satisfy EU guidelines on public deficits amid the eurozone’s debt disaster.