ERC proposes to Roger Torrent as candidate for president of the Parliament




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Torrent was deputy spokesperson for Junts pel Sí in the last legislature. His first objective will be “to put the institution back at the service of the citizenry and not of the forces of 155”.

ERC has decided to propose Roger Torrent, deputy spokesman for Junts pel Sí in the last legislature, as a candidate for the presidency of the Parliament, to be elected in the constitutive session this Wednesday.

The ERC permanent commission and its new parliamentary group have ratified this afternoon the proposal to elect this Wednesday to Roger Torrent (Sarrià de Ter, Girona, 1979)He has a degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​a master’s degree in territorial and urban studies and a member of Parliament since 2012, as well as mayor of his hometown since 2007.

“If I obtain the majority confidence of the chamber, it will be an honor to succeed Carme Forcadell, who has defended this institution like no one else, and I will work to be at her height”, said Torrent in a statement from ERC, and added that his first objective will be “to put the institution back at the service of the citizenry and not of the forces of 155, and materialize the democratic mandate that emerged from the polls on December 21”.

After what Forcadell announced his resignation last week To repeat in office, Torrent praised him from Twitter: “Conviction, determination, firmness and, above all, sense of duty to defend the institution and parliamentarism. Protect the debate and the word. Infinite thanks for your work, Carme Forcadell. We count on your work in the Parliament. “

The youngest president in history

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In addition to Torrent, who could become the youngest president of the Parliament in history, ERC will also propose Alba Vergés to form part of the new Parliamentary Board, occupying one of the four secretariats.

The ERC proposal has already been communicated to the rest of the formations, waiting for the constitutive session of the Parliament to be held this Wednesday, in which the absolute majority of 70 pro-independence deputies could be circumstantially reduced to 62 in the extreme case that the three elected in prison –Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sànchez and Joaquim Forn– and the five who remain in Belgium –Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí, Lluís Puig, Antoni Comín and Meritxell Serret– could not delegate their vote.

Voting delegation

The Age Table -formed coincidentally by three ERC deputies: the most veteran, Ernest Maragall, and the two youngest, Gerard Gómez del Moral and Rut Ribas– It will be responsible for deciding whether or not to accept the requests for delegation of vote that may be sent to them from JxCat and ERC so that their eight elected deputies in prison or in Belgium are not left without being able to vote.

Even assuming that the eight absent elected deputies could not delegate their vote, it does not seem that the pro-independence forces see the presidency of the Parliament in danger, unless there is an unexpected triangulation in which the commons present a candidate and the parties constitutionalists will support it en bloc.


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