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Parliament urges president Torra to face a confidence vote or call a snap election

Motion prospers as pro-independence CUP refrains from backing the government

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04 April 2019 04:59 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan parliament has passed a motion urging president Quim Torra to "face a confidence vote immediately or call a snap election.”

Despite growing criticism from the opposition, the pro-independence leader has already ruled out both calling fresh polls and a vote of confidence on his government.

The motion, put forward by the Socialists, was approved by a narrow margin of 62 votes in favor and 61 against.

  • “Politically, the chamber has rejected the motion, because politically we must be loyal to the election results"

    Josep Costa · Parliament vice president

The closest ally of the government, far-left CUP, allowed the motion to prosper by not voting. Unionist Ciutadans and People’s Party backed the proposal, as well as left-wing Catalunya En Comú-Podem. Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) and Esquerra Republicana (ERC), the two ruling-coalition partners, voted against the motion.

While pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in the past election, in December 2017, JxCat rejected replacing four MPs who were suspended by Spain’s Supreme Court for their role in the independence bid, thus losing four crucial votes to outnumber opposition parties.

Parliament vice president Josep Costa, a member of JxCat, invoked the election results and the suspended MPs to downplay the importance of the motion: “Politically, the chamber has rejected the motion, because politically we must be loyal to the election results.”

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  • Catalan president Quim Torra in parliament (by ACN)

  • Catalan president Quim Torra in parliament (by ACN)