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Ciutadans party rules out vying for presidency says party leader

Albert Rivera wants the presidency of the Catalan parliament for his party but acknowledges that unionists parties cannot form a government

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29 December 2017 01:57 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The leader of Ciutadans in Catalonia, Inés Arrimadas, will not try to be chosen as president according to the leader of the party in Spain, Albert Rivera. Despite what the other unionist parties (PP and the Socialists) asked Arrimadas, she won’t try to seek political allies to head the new Catalan government.  

Despite being the most voted party, Rivera said that they know “how to count" and acknowledged that unionists parties do not have sufficient support to form a government, since pro-independence parties maintain the majority in Parliament.

Ciutadans wants the presidency of the Catalan Parliament

The leader of Ciutadans stressed that, as “the party that won the election”, Ciutadans should have the presidency of the Catalan Parliament. He also pointed out that his party will try to prevent Carles Puigdemont from being sworn in as president of the Catalan government. He said that the current president of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and the Catalan vice president, Oriol Junqueras, are “politically disqualified” to head Catalan institutions.

Pro-independence majority, a consequence of the collapse of the two-party system

Rivera argued that the fact that pro-independence parties maintain the majority in Parliament is due to “the collapse of the two-party system” in Catalonia and noted that the election's outcome shows that a “change” is needed in the Spanish government. 

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  • Ciutadans' leader Inés Arrimadas and the leader of the party in Spain, Albert Rivera (by Cs)

  • Ciutadans' leader Inés Arrimadas and the leader of the party in Spain, Albert Rivera (by Cs)

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