Puigdemont “ready” to be number two in joint pro-independence ticket in European election
Former president would agree to stand, with Esquerra’s jailed leader Oriol Junqueras as top candidate
The former Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, is "absolutely ready" to stand as the number two candidate in a joint pro-independence ticket headed by Esquerra party leader, Oriol Junqureras, in the upcoming European election in May 2019.
Puigdemont and his group, Junts per Catalunya, are willing to join forces with the other large pro-independence party, Esquerra, in all elections –but Junqueras’ political force has been reluctant to take part in joint tickets, and claim that separate candidacies will work better to amass the maximum number of votes for the movement in favor of a Catalan Republic.
"I do not want to be candidate in the European election, I would only consider it if I was number two on a Junqueras-led ticket," said Puigdemont in an interview with the Catalan public radio, Catalunya Ràdio.
"I do not want to be candidate in the European election, I would only consider it if I was number two on a Junqueras-led ticket"
Carles Puigdemont · Former Catalan president
According to the former president, all the tendencies in the pro-independence movement together would have "unbeatable potential," and he said the number three candidate of this hypothetical ticket could be the former MP of the far-left CUP party, Anna Gabriel.
While Junqueras has been in custody awaiting trial for over a year, Puigdemont is still in Belgium in exile, while Gabriel has also sought refuge from Spain’s judiciary in Switzerland.
Junqueras to run in European election
On September 29, Oriol Junqueras announced from prison that he will run in the upcoming European election in order to defend his "political rights" and "keep fighting."
"Running in the European election is the best way to avoid the repression that they want to impose upon us," he said that day in a letter to his party members.