The decision of the Central Electoral Board to confirm the disqualification as deputy of the president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, which leads to him losing the presidency, has brought a long line of political reactions.
Thus, Torra’s own party, Together for Catalonia, has denounced the “legal aberration and the new attack on democracy” implied by the decision, and stressed that “the president of Catalonia is chosen by the Parliament, not the courts.”
In that same sense, ERC has assured the following: “The JEC has ordered the disqualification of Quim Torra. A new action against politics and democracy. We are by your side, president.”
The spokesperson for the PSOE in Congress, Adriana Lastra, has said that she has “serious doubts” that the Central Electoral Board is competent to agree to the disqualification of Quim Torra and Oriol Junqueras, and hopes that the highest judicial body, which is the Supreme Court, will respond as much before.
The Central Electoral Board, Lastra has insisted, who has not accepted questions in his appearance in Congress, “is not a jurisdictional body, it is an administrative body.”
For his part, the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu He said that the news “further entangles the complicated situation in Catalonia.” In addition, he says that he hopes that the appeal that after the appeal that may be presented the “resulting result would be to untangle and that it will not be carried out.”
The decision of the Central Electoral Board to disqualify the President of the Generalitat is news that “further entangles” the complicated situation in Catalonia.
The decision can be appealed. It is desirable that its result was that of “unraveling” and that it is not carried out.
– Iñigo Urkullu (@iurkullu) January 3, 2020
The general coordinator of eh Bildu, Arnaldo Otegi, has criticized that “an administrative body disables the president of the Generalitat”, which, in his opinion, “is one more symptom of what the ’78 Regime means. This is indeed a coup d’état. Only the Catalan people remove and install presidents. My solidarity with President Quim Torra and the Catalan people “.
The spokesperson for Citizens In Congress, Inés Arrimadas, has celebrated the decision, and has regretted that, in the meantime, the acting Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, agrees with pro-independence parties.
The leader of More Country, Íñigo Errejón, has charged against the “barbarity” of the JEC, which “exceeds” its functions.
The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has claimed that the president of the Generalitat must “cease immediately” and, if he does not do so, Sánchez “must force him.”
The former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont He has described the disqualification order as “outrageous and shameful”: “It’s like 155 but without going through the Senate.”
Miserable! After perpetrating a coup disqualifying the president @QuimTorraiPla, now dare to violate the rights of Oriol @junqueras and to challenge the European Union. The ECJ was clear: Oriol Junqueras is an MEP and must be released. Enough!
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) January 3, 2020
The deputy of the CUP In the Parliament, Carles Riera has criticized that “the State has already given a first response to the pacts.”
The spokesperson for the common, Joan Mena, has argued that “a JEC that disqualifies a president without a firm conviction should not interfere in a difficult political moment.”
The federal coordinator of Izquierda Unida (IU) and deputy of United we can, Alberto Garzón, has charged harshly against the resolution, and has described the arbitration body as a “reactionary judicial arm” of the right.
The ANC has assured that the Central Electoral Board has “no legitimacy” to disqualify the president of the Generalitat, and has called a concentration in Barcelona.
Omnium he has dismissed the decision as a “revenge” of the state, which he has accused of manipulating the law.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.