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Spain's PSOE, Partido Popular and Ciudadanos parties have vetoed treasury minister María Jesús Montero from appearing in the Congress to discuss the finances of king Juan Carlos I, who abdicated in 2014, after a week of scandalous claims about the monarch from Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.

According to the spokesperson of Izquierda Unida (IU), Eva García Sampere, the three parties have knocked down the party's proposal to that end which they had raised before the Congress's governing board. Parliamentary sources told to Europa Press that the argument was based on the Constitution, firstly article 53.6 which states that "the person of the king is inviolable" and that, as such, "is not subject to liability".

Secondly, they quote article 65 which says that the king is free to distribute the money he receives from the budget for the maintenance of his household as he wishes.

The Spanish government has always maintained that it cannot legally publish the list of people who enjoy fiscal amnesty, although new prime minister Pedro Sánchez pushed for its publication when in opposition. On Tuesday, the Congress announced a bill to prevent further amnesties.

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