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Far-left CUP greenlights former Badalona mayor as Catalan election candidate

Dolors Sabater gets 76% of party supports

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17 December 2020 11:37 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The former mayor of Badalona, Dolors Sabater, will run in the upcoming Catalan election on February 14 as the presidential candidate for the pro-independence far-left CUP party, after getting 76% of party members’ support.

A high school teacher deeply engaged in grassroots activism, Sabater’s unlikely rise to power in a major city ruled by conservatives helped her become a prominent political figure, especially among pro-independence and left-wing supporters.

Elected in 2015 and ousted in a no-confidence vote in 2018, Sabater planned to move from Badalona to Catalan-level politics under her newly created Guanyem Catalunya candidacy, but will ultimately run together with the far-left CUP party.

With four seats in the Catalan parliament, CUP is the smallest pro-independence party in the chamber, but its votes have long proven crucial in helping the two major pro-independence parties keep control of the government and a parliamentary majority.

Sabater’s appointment as CUP’s presidential candidate could help the anti-capitalist party gain ground within the pro-independence camp, and perhaps most importantly, earn support from progressive voters who would otherwise not vote for a pro-independence party.

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  • Former Badalona mayor and CUP's presidential candidate in the next Catalan election, Dolors Sabater (by Jordi Pujolar)

  • Former Badalona mayor and CUP's presidential candidate in the next Catalan election, Dolors Sabater (by Jordi Pujolar)