There has been no surprise, and the Parliament of Catalonia has rejected this Monday the motion of censure against the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, who has obtained the only support from Ciudadanos, promoter of the initiative, and the PP.
In a public vote and by appeal, one by one, of the deputies, the motion has been rejected with 76 votes against -from JxCat, ERC, Catalunya en Comú Podem and the CUP-, 17 abstentions from the PSC and 40 votes in favor of Ciudadanos and the PPC.
Neither the vote has brought any surprises, nor has the session ever left the planned script, with some pro-independence groups who have wanted to give the lowest possible profile to this debate – considering it a “farce”– and a Roldán who, beyond his accusations to Torra, has concentrated his reproaches on the PSC.
With familiar faces of Cs –Albert Rivera, Inés Arrimadas, José María Espejo-Saavedra, Fernando de Páramo- and PP -Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo-, together with the until now JxCat spokesperson in Congress, Laura Borràs, following the debate from the hemicycle guest platform, The session started with an initial intervention by the president of the Citizens’ parliamentary group, Carlos Carrizosa, who has accused Torra of endangering coexistence.
The next turn to speak corresponded to a member of the Catalan executive, but it was not Torra who rose to the lectern, but rather delegated to the Minister of the Presidency, Meritxell Budó, who only used 10 of the 30 minutes of which had.
In his “intentionally brief” speech to express his “disagreement with the use of institutions for purely partisan interests”, Budó has accused Cs of making a “fraudulent” use of the Parlament for his campaign of 10N.
At any other moment of the debate, Torra or some other member of the Government could have intervened, but they have resigned to do so.
Subsequently, it was the turn of Lorena Roldán, the aspirant of Cs to replace Torra at the head of the Generalitat, who in an hour and a quarter of speech has attacked the president for “cheering the violent ones”, in reference to the members of the detained CDRs.
Despite being far from having the necessary support for the motion to prosper, Roldán has repeatedly called on the Socialists to reconsider their abstention and, appealing to the “spirit of October 8” of 2017 -when the constitutionalists demonstrated in Barcelona in favor of the unity of Spain-, has said that voting in favor of firing Torra was a “moral imperative.”
Iceta (PSC) has distanced itself from “the motion of the failed Lorena Roldán” because “the numbers do not give” and it is a “propaganda operation” and “opportunist” that only seeks to reverse the bad electoral expectations of the oranges for 10N.
“Some hard-working propagandists of your motion, of your group -Cs- and also of the PPC have come to say that today we choose between Torra and freedom, between Torra and coexistence or between Torra and concord. Look, that is not true. It is a mistake to consider that those who think like you are only democrats or that they only defend coexistence and harmony. Excuse me, it is a totalitarian approach, “he said.
The president of Catalonia in Common We Can in Parliament, Jéssica Albiach, has rejected the “campaign act” which, in her opinion, was the motion of censure and has said: “Catalonia does not want more tension”.
On the part of the independence group, the president of the JxCat, Albert Batet, has reproached Roldán for using the Parliament as a “springboard” to “overcome in the polls” on 10N.
The president of the group ERC in Parliament, Sergi Sabrià, has affirmed that Cs “will never be able” to govern Catalonia, because “this is not won on television, and you do not generate consensus”.
The deputy of the CUP Vidal Aragonès has considered the motion of censure an “electoral farce” and has accused Cs of wanting to invent “a story of violence” to “try to criminalize the independence movement.”
This has been the fourth motion of no confidence in the recent history of the Parliament and, like the other three, it has not prospered either.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.