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Agreement for new Catalan president ‘imminent’

ERC says talks in the pro-independence bloc are “going well” and the deal “must” include the formation of a new government

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26 February 2018 02:37 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia might reach a deal on the new president and government as soon as this week. Although talks to form a new executive were at a standstill just a few days ago, one of the forces taking part in the negotiations, Esquerra Republicana (ERC), told the press that the agreement is likely to come by this Thursday.

ERC’s spokesman, Sergi Sabrià, said that negotiations with president Carles Puigdemont’s candidacy, Junts per Catalunya, and the far-left CUP are “going well” and that the agreement is “imminent.” For Esquerra, the deal “must” include the person who will lead the country and also the new government and its roadmap. “For us the deal must be global and has to include all the aspects, it’d be positive to have it all arranged by Thursday.”

 

  • "For us the deal must be global and has to include all the aspects"

    Sergi Sabrià · Esquerra spokesman

The Catalan parliament is to hold a plenary session on Thursday for the first time since the speaker of the house decided to postpone Puigdemont’s swearing in ceremony a month ago. Puigdemont, currently in Belgium after being dismissed as president by the Spanish government following a declaration of independence, became the most voted candidate among pro-independence parties in a recent election. The forces in favor of a Catalan independent state kept the majority after the vote and agreed on him being the candidate for president. But the Spanish government challenged his candidacy in court.

Puigdemont’s role in the new executive was a major issue of dispute between pro-independence parties, which battled over reinstating the former government and appointing a stable executive. If Puigdemont cannot be appointed as president in Parliament, Jordi Sànchez, a jailed grassroots leader, might be appointed as the candidate for president.

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  • Sergi Sabrià, spokesperson for Esquerra Republicana (by Rafa Garrido)

  • Sergi Sabrià, spokesperson for Esquerra Republicana (by Rafa Garrido)