Puigdemont does not rule out attending Parliament debate
"I’m working to be there in order to start a debate with the rest of the representatives, in order to start a dialogue with the Spanish authorities," says the Catalan leader
Carles Puigdemont stated that he does not rule out attending the Catalan Parliament investiture debate. He said that he is “working to be there in order to start a debate with the rest of the representatives”, as well as to “start a dialogue with the Spanish authorities”. In fact, he urged the Spanish government to respect the outcome of the last election, in which Puigdemont’s candidacy was the most voted pro-independence party, and to start a dialogue and a negotiation process.
After a meeting with Danish MPs in the Danish Parliament, he insisted that the political situation in Catalonia is not a domestic issue, as “it affects Europe”. During the meeting, he stated that he had a “political discussion” with Danish MPs, and highlighted that he is not able to do so in the Catalan Parliament because he would be arrested. “If I entered the Catalan Parliament now, I would be arrested. This wouldn’t help solve problem. Dialogue and negotiation are the best tools to solve the problem,” he noted.
“If I entered the Catalan Parliament now, I would be arrested. This wouldn’t help solve problem"
Carles Puigdemont · Catalan president
The Catalan president, deposed after Madrid’s takeover of Catalonia's self-government, pointed out that there is “a great majority” of MPs who want him to be nominated to be the candidate for president in the investiture debate. In a normal situation, he should be able to go back to Catalonia. "My return to Barcelona would not only be good news for Catalans, but for Spaniards as well. It’d be a first step toward restoring democracy," he said.