Juanma Moreno, president of the Junta de Andalucía. / SUR

Junta's head says that Spain's Constitution Day should be celebrated 'with a sense of pride'

Juanma Moreno has acknowledged that since 1978 the country has encountered some tough challenges, including the current Covid-19 pandemic

Héctor Barbotta

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has urged the public in the region to celebrate Spain’s national Constitution Day this Monday, 6 December, "with a sense of pride".

Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) marks the anniversary of a referendum held on 6 December, 1978 when a new constitution was approved. It was an important step in Spain's transition to becoming a constitutional monarchy and democracy.

In his message this Monday, the Andalusian regional government head pointed out, "6 December is not just another holiday, it is the day on which we Spaniards celebrate freedom, reconciliation and hope."

Moreno added that in the referendum held 43 years ago "we Spaniards said loud and clear that we wanted to travel together on the path to a better, more prosperous and world-leading Spain."

"The path is not easy"

"Our Constitution has provided us with the period of greatest stability and progress in our history, but, nevertheless, the path is not easy," he added.

Moreno said that throughout the four decades the country has encountered some tough challenges, including the current Covid-19 pandemic.

He underlined, however, "We must be satisfied because Spain has taken giant steps forward during this time, being the vanguard in research and an example for many countries that seek progress and stability."

He said that proof of this is that Spain has been a leader in vaccinating against the coronavirus with "the vast majority of people" being responsible and committed to the well-being of their loved ones and of society.

Finally, Moreno reminded that “the Andalusian regional government will remain firm, on the national stage, because we do not want to be more than anyone else, nor less than any other Spaniard".

On Twitter, Moreno added, "In Andalucía we are proud of our drive and what we have achieved," and "We will not allow threats to the common scheme that lead to gains for those who disregard the constitutional mandate."