January 24, 2018





For his part, Puigdemont has transferred to Torrent that “there are many possibilities” that he may be physically in the full inauguration that will be on January 30.

The president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Roger Torrent, said this Wednesday that he has transferred the investiture candidate Carles Puigdemont (JxCat) that “what is in the country ‘s interest” and “what he will work for” is that there be “as quickly as possible and effective government”.

Torrent has met with Puigdemont and the rest of the former councilors who are in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Free Alliance (ALE), which includes ERC among other parties, after the Spanish Government has ordered the closure of the Generalitat office in the Belgian capital, where this meeting was initially to be held.

“A Government (of the Generalitat) is needed that I can work from minute one“, said the president of the Catalan Parliament, of ERC, who added that “Institutions must be recovered from the hands of 155”.

“In view of the desire to dialogue with the Government of Mariano Rajoy, we don’t just get no for an answer, but it does not allow us to meet “, has lamented Torrent, who has said that with this prohibition” the fundamental rights of Puigdemont and the directors are violated not only from the perspective of the Spanish legal framework, but also from the Belgian legal framework. “

The president of the Catalan Parliament has said that the chamber’s legal services are already studying what legal actions can be undertaken against the fact that it was not possible to meet at the Generalitat office in Brussels, a situation that he has described as “very serious”.

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Puigdemont statements

For his part, the candidate for the investiture Carles Puigdemont has insisted that the mandate of the polls, arising from the autonomous elections of December 21, is that he is the president of the Catalan Executive in an investiture act that he has said that “The ideal” is that it was “in person”.

Likewise, Puigdemont has transferred to Torrent that “chances are high” that I may be physically in the plenary session of investiture that will be on January 30. He stressed that he will work “until the last moment” to participate in person in the plenary session.

“The ideal investiture is the face-to-face investiture and the one that we all want that there is and for which there should be the conditions for it to occur”, but there are also other paths and for now none can be ruled out, he stressed.

Carles Puigdemont has affirmed that “we will not abandon what the people of Catalonia demanded on December 21, we must try the investiture”, and added that they will not fall into “blackmail” from the Spanish Government.

Change of venue

The president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent, and the investiture candidate Carles Puigdemont (JxCat), have met at the headquarters of the European Free Alliance (EFA), a group of European nationalist and independence parties, after the Spanish government Have given order not to be allowed the entry of the ‘former president’ into the office of the Generalitat in Brussels.

Sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also given this morning instructions to call off the press conference that was scheduled after the meeting.

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For his part, the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, has assured today that the Executive will avoid the investiture of Puigdemont as president of the Generalitat and he has underlined that the Executive will resort to the Constitutional Court at the moment in which there is an administrative act by the Parliament that intends to carry it out.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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