Governing party spokesperson suspended after possible sexual harassment case
Junts per Catalunya's Eduard Pujol steps down from post and as MP
The parliamentary spokesperson of the governing Junts per Catalunya political force, Eduard Pujol, has been suspended from his party after it was revealed that was involved in an alleged sexual harassment case.
Pujol announced on Monday at noon that he was stepping down from his post as spokesperson and as MP "for personal reasons."
Yet, soon afterward, Junts per Catalunya's vice president Elsa Artadi announced in a press conference that he had been forced to leave following an internal complaint to the party leadership regarding events that "could be considered sexual harassment."
The party's secretary-general, jailed independence leader Jordi Sànchez, was informed of the incident on Sunday while on weekend leave and decided to provisionally suspend Pujol.
"Sànchez decided to act swiftly and firmly. It is not up to us to judge or investigate the matter," Artadi said.
"We take political measures, as we did this morning, as well as support the people who have gotten in touch with us to report these incidents. It is [Pujol] who has to give an explanation."