Puigdemont’s Party Criteria for Backing Pedro Sanchez

Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday set his conditions for possible support from his party for the return to power in Spain of Pedro Sánchez. He demanded, above all else, “amnesty” for separatists pursued by the courts.
Speaking to the press in Brussels, Carles Puigdemont, central figure in the attempted secession of Catalonia in 2017, notably demanded “the complete and effective abandonment of the judicial route against the independence movement” via “a law of amnesty” in order to “avoid new elections”.

He himself is wanted by the Spanish justice system and fled to Belgium in 2017 to escape prosecution. “None of these preconditions are contrary to the (Spanish) Constitution and require a broad legislative process,” he assured.

Negotiations on Catalonia

Once this condition and others have been met, such as the establishment of a monitoring “mechanism”, Carles Puigdemont calls for the opening of negotiations with a view to reaching a “historic agreement” on the future of the Catalonia. An agreement which must, according to him, involve the organization of a self-determination referendum which the Spanish government refuses on the grounds that it is contrary to the Spanish Constitution.

“Is there a different path to independence to guarantee the survival of Catalonia as a nation? All the evidence accumulated over decades has shown that no,” Carles Puigdemont said. Coming second in this election, which did not result in a majority, Pedro Sánchez is paradoxically the one who has the greatest chance of succeeding in gathering a majority around him in Parliament to be returned to power.

But for this he needs the votes of the seven deputies of Carles Puigdemont’s party, Together for Catalonia (Junts per Catalunya), who already voted in mid-August for his candidate, the socialist Francina Armengol, during the election to the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies.

This article is originally published on rts.ch

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