After receiving the recognition of the Parliament, the president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, announced yesterday, Thursday, that he is withdrawing his candidacy “provisionally” in a public appearance. Puigdemont pointed to Jordi Sánchez as his successor. The president has already communicated his decision to the president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent.
Thus, the leader of Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) announced, in a video broadcast through social networks, that he is resigning “provisionally” to his inauguration and, in his place, he has proposed the name of Jordi Sànchez, number two on his list and now in preventive prison.
Puigdemont thus made official what was an open secret for weeks: that he was preparing to unblock the legislature, giving way, in the first instance, to Jordi Sànchez, whom he defined as “a man of peace, unjustly locked up in a Spanish jail”.
Thus, Puigdemont asked the president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent, from Belgium to initiate a round of contacts to propose Sànchez as “new candidate as president of the autonomous government”, which may trigger more tension since the Minister of Justice himself, Rafael Catalá, said on Tuesday that it is “difficult” to think of a regional president who is “in prison “.
Consequently, according to sources from the presidency of the Parliament, “President Torrent will open a round of contacts at the beginning of the next week to propose a new candidate. “
Puigdemont argued that with his decision he wants to facilitate that the Catalan institutions continue to be governed by the independence movement and not by “the authoritarianism of 155”.
“I will not give up, I will not resign, I will not withdraw from the illegitimate performance of those who have lost at the polls”said Puigdemont, who hopes to be able to return to Catalonia soon as a free man.
He also explained that, with his decision, the Spanish Government will not be able to continue occupying the Catalan institutions, and although he admits that this does not guarantee the total restoration of Catalan autonomy, he believes that it will give “freedom to undertake the next phase of the road to independence and of the development of the Catalan Republic from freer and more democratic spaces “.
Thus, he ratified his will to maintain “the legitimacy of the Republic” and working to make it possible, and announced that in the next few days he will convene members of the Parliament to a solemn meeting in Belgium to promote this new stage.
Lawsuit against Spain before the UN
On the other hand, Puigdemont announced that a team of international lawyers has presented this afternoon on his behalf “a lawsuit against the Spanish State before the United Nations Human Rights Committee”, to denounce the “violation” of their rights.
The president explained that this legal action aims to denounce the “violation” by the State of the “universal declaration of human rights and the charter of civil and political rights.”
Institutional message from the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya https://t.co/acydz8HGlF
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) March 1, 2018
Jordi Sànchez agrees to be a candidate: “It is a great honor and a huge responsibility”
The leader of JxCat in the Parliament, Jordi Sànchez, has accepted the proposal made by Puigdemont to allow him to become the next candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat.
“It is a great honor and a huge responsibility to be able to represent the people of Catalonia,” he said in a note on Twitter.
Imprisoned in Soto del Real since the end of October, Sànchez pointed out that Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras and all the dismissed councilors are the true legitimate Government of Catalonia: “Always with you! Freedom”.
It is a great honor and an enormous responsibility to be able to represent the people of Catalonia. The President @KRLS, the Vice President @junqueras together with all the councilors dismissed by 155, they are the true legitimate Government of Catalonia. Always with you! #freedom https://t.co/x5kJjhSedY
– Jordi Sànchez (@jordialapreso) March 1, 2018
The Spanish government He stressed that the fact that Puigdemont has assumed that he is not going to be president of the Generalitat has been possible thanks to the determination of the Executive to use all the resources at its disposal to prevent that “mockery” of current legislation.
In the same sense, the leader of the Catalan PP, Xavier Garcia Albiol, stated that Puigdemont has resigned “forced by the perseverance of the Government of Spain, the democratic institutions of the country and the PP”.
The leader of Citizens in Catalonia, Ines Arrimadas, considered that Puigdemont is retiring because “can not extend more” the “grotesque”, and criticizes that the sovereignists persist in the “mess.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.