The President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Roger Torrent (ERC), announced today that the Chamber’s legal services are already studying a response to the challenge of the Government of Spain, to whom he has demanded “respect”, and has stressed that, despite the “threats”, he maintains the full investiture with Carles Puigdemont as candidate.
Torrent has appeared in Parliament after learning that the Council of Ministers has authorized today the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, to appeal to the Constitutional Court the candidacy proposal of Carles Puigdemont to be invested president of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
In a brief appearance, the president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent, regretted that the only response he has obtained from the Spanish Government to his “sincere desire for dialogue” have been “threats” and “the judicialization of politics.”
He also stressed that Puigdemont “meets all the legal requirements to be a candidate” and that the challenge to his candidacy “does not have any legal basis, and this is known – he added – by any citizen who has minimal notions of law, and so does the Council of State has also expressed “.
“Fraud of law, against the rights of voters and deputies”
Torrent has warned, in this sense, that the challenge could be “a fraud of law, which violates the rights of the electors of Catalonia and against those of the deputies”, as well as against “parliamentary democracy, against the fundamentals of the democratic system “, has abounded.
“I do not propose a candidate because of my whim or my arbitrariness -he has pointed out- and this should be known by the vice president of the Government. What I do is listen to all the parliamentary forces and, once their wishes are known, I propose a name, seeing that they have sufficient support. “
In other words, he added, “the decision of the President of Parliament is not being challenged, but the will of millions of voters, deputies and the functioning of the democratic system.”
According to Torrent, “it cannot be that the only message that the Government of Spain transmits to the Catalans is that they have not voted well, that they have not voted as they wanted, and this is enormous political irresponsibility, since it means wanting to win in court what they did not win at the polls. “
At this point, he recalled that in the 21D elections, with a high turnout and that “they gave a very clear result”, Puigdemont was able to present himself without problems, and that, later, the JuntsxCat candidate was able to acquire the act of deputy.
“Democracy cannot be suspended”
The president of the Parliament has emphasized that, if Puigdemont is the candidate for the investiture, this is due “to the fact that there is a certain parliamentary majority” and that “it is a reality that cannot be suspended: democracy cannot be suspended”. pointed.
Torrent has promised “to continue working to defend the rights of all deputies, including those who are unfortunately in prison or in exile”, and has reminded the State Government that in a democratic country “corresponds to the representatives of the citizens decide and legislate without interference “.
“We are still in time to correct the course,” he pointed out, but “Offering dialogue is not incompatible with acting, and we are not going to sit idly by. The legal services of the Parliament will analyze the TC resolution and it will also be analyzed in political terms once we have it. “
The president of the Parliament has ended his appearance demanding that the central government “respect the electoral result, the will of the Catalans, the rights of all deputies, this institution and parliamentary democracy.”