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Government leaders pledge 'unity' until verdict of independence case

In joint statement, president and vice president admit "coordination mechanisms" between parties are "improvable"

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05 October 2018 01:46 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The top two members of the Catalan government showed an image of unity on Friday afternoon after the disagreements between the two parties forming the ruling coalition emerged in Parliament on Thursday.

In a joint statement, the president Quim Torra (JxCat candidacy) and the vice president Pere Aragonès (ERC) pledged to maintain the stability of the government and "unity" until "at least" the verdict of the independence case is out – something not expected before spring.

"Verdicts will be a tipping point of this term," said Torra, without specifying how he intends to react to a potential guilty sentencing.

Both leaders admitted that the "coordination mechanisms" between both forces "can be improved."

"It is reasonable that different parties have different formulas and proposals to solve difficulties. We are committed to coordinating them better before taking them to the Parliament plenary session," Aragonès said.

The executive's second-in-command also said that the situation that took place in parliament on Thursday was caused by "Spanish judiciary decisions."

  • "We are committed to coordinating [proposals] better before taking them to the Parliament plenary session"

    Pere Aragonès · Catalan government vice president

President Torra also claimed that Spain's "repression" goes on despite the change of government in Madrid, and that "democracy has not been recovered."

According to him, judges have shown a will to "alter" the results of the last election. "The meddling hasn't stopped," added Torra.

November ultimatum confirmed

After some discrepancies between JxCat and ERC also on the November ultimatum set by Torra earlier this week, the Catalan president confirmed this is the deadline for Madrid to agree on a referendum on self-determination – alternatively, the parliamentary support of parties in favor of a Catalan state will be withdrawn.

"One cannot ask the pro-independence forces to continue giving [Pedro Sánchez's government] stability," said Aragonès.

Dialogue

Yet both of them claimed this does not mean stopping the offer for dialogue to Madrid.

"We will always keep the door open for dialogue, we have always been ready to sit down, even when the possibilities of an agreement are scarce," said Torra. 

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  • The president of the Catalan government, Quim Torra (left), with his second-in-command, Pere Aragonès (right), on October 5, 2018 (by Mariona Puig)

  • The president of the Catalan government, Quim Torra (left), with his second-in-command, Pere Aragonès (right), on October 5, 2018 (by Mariona Puig)

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