Jordi Sànchez to run as candidate on Puigdemont’s ticket in 21 December election

The jailed pro-independence grass-root leader joins ‘Together for Catalonia’ and resigns as Catalan National Assembly president 

Jordi Sánchez, President of the ANC (by ACN)
Jordi Sánchez, President of the ANC (by ACN) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 16, 2017 02:28 PM

Despite of being jailed since October 16 under investigation for sedition, the president of ANC, Jordi Sànchez, will join President Carles Puigdemont as a candidate on the pro-independence ‘Together for Catalonia’ (‘Junts per Catalunya’) ticket in the December 21 election.

After announcing that he joins Puigdemont’s ticket, Sànchez resigned as president of the pro-independence civil society organization Catalan National Assembly (ANC). The pro-independence organization announced it via Twitter and stated that the ANC “respects his decision”. In addition, the pro-independence organization said that “backs all candidatures defending the Catalan Republic.” Sànchez was president of the ANC since 2015.

Puigdemont to head ‘Together for Catalonia’

Puigdemont, who is currently in Belgium, initially expressed interest in heading a combined pro-independence ticket. However, since the ERC and CUP parties decided to stand separately in the election, Puigdemont will now head ‘Together for Catalonia’ (‘Junts per Catalunya’), which includes some independent candidates, such as the former president of the ANC.