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All incarcerated leaders urge new government, says Catalan jailed VP

Oriol Junqueras believes that an automatic snap election needs to be avoided because that would mean "wasting" the pro-independence majority

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30 April 2018 11:10 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan jailed deposed vice president, Oriol Junqueras, urges the swearing in of a new president and the formation of a new government in Catalonia. The outcome of the last Catalan election, held on December 21, 2017, was a new pro-independence majority, and Junqueras, also leader of Esquerra party, does not want to risk it. If no Catalan president is elected by May 22, a snap election will automatically be held.

"I do not understand the sense of wasting the December 21 result and not making the most of it. All imprisoned leaders who I have been able to speak to agree that a new government needs to be formed," he said in a written answer to an interview with the Catalan public radio.

"Without forming a government we win nothing and we risk a lot in order to end up in the same situation in the best case scenario," emphasized Junqueras. He urges a prompt move also in order to put an end to the direct rule of Catalonia from Madrid. The Spanish government has pledged that once the country has a new executive, the suspension of self-rule will be lifted. The unprecedented measure has been in force for six months and counting. 

  • "Without forming a government we win nothing and we risk a lot in order to end up in the same situation in the best case scenario"

    Oriol Junqueras · Deposed Catalan VP and Esquerra party leader

The also jailed pro-independence leader Jordi Sànchez and other incarcerated politicians sent some letters to the deposed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, also urging a new government, as the Catalan News Agency learnt last week.

"Exemplary punishment"

In another letter to the private radio RAC1 released on Monday, Sànchez says that the doubts over the extradition of leaders expressed by some courts abroad will not change the Spanish judges' approach to the matter. "On the contrary, they will be offended and will attack even stronger," he believes. According to him, the magistrates "go it alone, very strongly but with very weak juridical arguments," and their intention is to keep an "exemplary punishment" for the pro-independence leaders.

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  • Deposed vice president Oriol Junqueras arrives in court on November 2 (by ACN)

  • Deposed vice president Oriol Junqueras arrives in court on November 2 (by ACN)

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