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Catalan party leader calls for 'cross-party' government

Head of Catalunya en Comú-Podem wants transitional executive of “independent figures with democratic sensibilities”

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28 March 2018 12:48 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalunya en Comú-Podem party (CatECP), a left-wing coalition which aligns with neither the pro-independence nor the unionist forces, has called for a cross-party government made up of independent figures, should pro-independence parties fail to agree on a formula that will lead to an effective Catalan executive.

The party leader, Xavier Domènech, addressed Catalan MPs in parliament on Wednesday. The plenary session was called to pass a resolution to protect the political rights of pro-independence presidential candidates.

Junts per Catalunya, Esquerra Republicana and CUP held on to a narrow parliamentary majority in an election last December. Yet, Spanish courts have blocked all presidential candidates nominated by pro-independence parties, including the deposed president Carles Puigdemont.

The Catalan administration has been controlled by the Spanish government since a declaration of independence last October. In order to regain control of the government and put an end to Madrid's direct rule, Catalan parries need to appoint a new president.

  • “Let us all take a step backward so as to take a step forward; [...] a step backward from power and party to take a step forward as a country"

    Xavier Domènech · Catalunya en Comú-Podem leader

Domènech also said that the executive he proposes would serve for a limited term and would not stand in the next election. The CatECP leader also said the government would have four objectives: bringing direct rule to an end and restoring Catalonia’s self-rule, ending the political use of courts and ensuring the release of the “political prisoners”, implementing an action plan against inequality, and finding cross-party solutions for new political statutes to govern Catalonia.

“Let us all take a step backward so as to take a step forward; [...] a step backward from power and party to take a step forward as a country," said Domènech.

Advocating a “broad” government made up of “independent figures with democratic sensibilities,” Domènech stressed that his proposal “is not about independence but rather democracy.”

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  • Xavier Domènech, the leader of Catalunya en Comú-Podem, in parliament (by Elisenda Rosanas)

  • Xavier Domènech, the leader of Catalunya en Comú-Podem, in parliament (by Elisenda Rosanas)