Puigdemont still candidate for president despite leaks, says Parliament head
Chamber president Roger Torrent calls for “political talks” to reinstate deposed Catalan leader
Carles Puigdemont is still the candidate for president. This is what the Catalan Parliament president, Roger Torrent, said on Thursday, despite the Constitutional Court and the recent leaks. “Our people have sacrificed me,” wrote Puigdemont in a private message made public without permission on Wednesday by a Spanish private TV channel. Yet, Torrent insisted that the deposed Catalan president “is and will be” the candidate for president.
After delaying the debate to swear Puigdemont in earlier this week, Torrent said that he would not call the session until “democratic guarantees of its effectiveness” are provided. In a few days, the Spanish Constitutional Court will make a final decision on the legality of Puigdemont’s bid to become president given his current situation. While Torrent’s Esquerra party supported him in the decision to postpone the session, Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia ticket would have preferred the session to go ahead.
"Neither the Constitutional Court nor any other court will decide who should be the Catalan president"
Roger Torrent · Catalan Parliament president
“Dignity is not subject to the Constitutional Court, we demand and insist on the need for Torrent to lift the delay,” said an official for Together for Catalonia. Meanwhile, the far-left CUP party, which is also in favor of a Catalan state, took a similar stance, branding the postponement “submission” to Spain.
Yet in the interview, Torrent said that “neither the Constitutional Court nor any other court will decide who should be the Catalan president.” He called for “political talks in order for Puigdemont to be reinstated.” When asked if he would disobey the judges should they decide he has no right to be sworn in again, Torrent answered ambiguously, saying he would “fight legally to point out the judicial blunder” that accepting the Spanish government’s appeal against Puigdemont’s bid would mean.