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Independence in 9 months, urges far-left CUP

Catalan president to hold conference on September 4 to "regain initiative"

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29 August 2018 04:48 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan far-left CUP party has urged the government to implement independence in the coming nine months.

"We hope that the government makes the Republic effective in the short term, in the coming nine months," said CUP MP Carles Riera, in an interview with El Periódico newspaper.

Riera also urged the executive to "end the dialogue with the Spanish government, because it has already said that it won't talk about self-determination."

According to the MP, Catalonia should resume the "unilateral" way. "Parliament needs to accept and act without limits on its sovereignty. If it gets into conflict with State institutions, what [Parliament] decides needs to prevail, even if the Spanish Constitutional Court vetoes it and considers it illegal."

  • "What [Parliament] decides needs to prevail, even if the Spanish Constitutional Court vetoes it and considers it illegal"

    Carles Riera · CUP MP

The CUP party is essential for the independence bloc’s majority in the chamber, but Riera said in the interview that it is "unlikely" that his group will support initiatives such as the 2019 budget. For the CUP spokesman, Quim Torra's cabinet is carrying out "regionalist" policies, and is not moving towards independence.

Torra's upcoming conference

The Catalan president's intentions for the coming months might become clearer on September 4, when he will hold a political conference in the Catalan National Theater.

On Wednesday, Torra said that he would not present a roadmap, but rather "contingency plans" for all potential future scenarios.

"When the moment comes, all scenarios have to be considered, foreseen and with guarantees of success," he said.

For Torra, another referendum should not be held, but in the interview he did not reveal further details of his conference, which will be called 'Our moment.'

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  • The CUP MP Carles Riera during an interview with the Catalan News Agency in August 2018 (by Pere Francesch)

  • The CUP MP Carles Riera during an interview with the Catalan News Agency in August 2018 (by Pere Francesch)

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