Senior MP of party non-aligned on independence steps down as spokeswoman
Catalunya en Comú-Podem’s Elisenda Alamany leaves post in Parliament after joining group of MPs critical of leadership
The spokeswoman of the Catalunya en Comú-Podem coalition in Parliament, Elisenda Alamany, has stepped down from her post, but without giving up her seat as an MP.
The change came on Monday morning, only a few days after Alamany and some other party members presented a group within the party critical of the leadership.
This group includes two of the eight MPs in the only parliamentary force non-aligned on the independence issue. The group are calling on the leadership to defend Catalan “sovereignty” and to change certain internal dynamics.
"Attempt to avoid old dynamics"
In a statement on Monday, Alamany continued her criticism of the party leaders –with Barcelona mayor Ada Colau among them.
“When we said that we wanted to build a new political force it is because we believed that it would also work at trying to avoid old dynamics,” she said, adding: “Yet today I regret to say that we are far from what we wanted to overcome, and those dynamics are being replicated, and our political stances are too reminiscent of those by the parliamentary groups that preceded us.”
"We are far from what we wanted to overcome, and those dynamics are being replicated, and our political stances are too reminiscent of those by the parliamentary groups that preceded us"
Elisenda Alamany · Catalunya en Comú MP
Following the sudden resignation of its leader, Xavier Domènech, in September, this critical group has pointed out that Catalunya en Comú “has too often given up the claim to sovereignism, even though it is one of our foundational values,” referring to the concept of Catalans having full sovereignty to decide their future.
Catalunya en Comú was founded in 2016 as a joint effort by several left-wing forces, and it is now in Parliament in coalition with Podem, the Catalan branch of Spanish Podemos.
In a radio interview on Wednesday, Alamany claimed that internal disputes “cannot be solved the Stalinist way.”