Pere Aragonès has taken possession this Monday as new president of the Generalitat, in an act in which he received the presidential medal from the former president Quim Roast, and tomorrow he will officially communicate the names of the 14 members of his Government, in which there will be eight women and six men.
The ceremony, held outdoors in the Pati dels Tarongers, an emblematic space of the Palau de la Generalitat near the presidential offices, was attended by the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Miquel Iceta, as well as three of the imprisoned independence leaders: Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sanchez Y Jordi Cuixart, who have obtained prison permits.
On the part of JxCat, in addition to Jordi Sànchez, secretary general of the party and a key piece to unravel the agreement with Aragonès a week ago, the president of the Parliament has also attended, Laura Borràs, as well as Albert Batet Y Elsa Artadi.
Among the guests -the list had to be reduced to a quarantine due to the covid restrictions- were present the delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, as well as various parliamentary leaders, such as the socialist Salvador Illa, and other political personalities.
On the other hand, no representative of Vox, Ciudadanos and the PPC has accepted the invitation to attend the inauguration ceremony.
Aragonès has been accompanied by his wife, Janina Juli, and his two-year-old daughter Clàudia, who have arrived with him at the Palau de la Generalitat.
Amnesty, self-determination and republic
In his first speech, Pere Aragonès has stated that he wishes to open a new stage based on “in a social, green, feminist and democratic transformation”, but also progress towards the achievement of the Catalan republic in which amnesty and self-determination are “inevitable.”
Aragonès has indicated that during his tenure his priority will be to ensure the happiness of citizenship “leaving no one behind”, although it also agrees to “make amnesty and self-determination inevitable.”
He has also said that he will give everything on his part to make this new stage possible, and has acknowledged that “the country is experiencing a transcendent moment” with “a complicated situation” at all levels.
After thanking his predecessor, former president Quim Torra, for his efforts “in very difficult moments”, the new president insisted on the need to open the new stage “with all urgency and without any delay.”
“It’s time to roll up your sleeves without fear of scratches” in order to “overcome the shocks we encounter along the way,” said Aragonès, who explained that he does not intend to deceive anyone since “the challenge is enormous and immense”, and he knows “of the difficulties that lie ahead” with an economic crisis that increases economic, territorial and social inequalities “.
According to the new president of the Generalitat, reinforcing the welfare state “this is what is truly revolutionary” and he has promised to fight “for social justice and national freedom in Catalonia” always “at the service of the people.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.