The Parliamentary Board has endorsed withdrawing the act of deputy to the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, after the order of the secretary general of the Chamber, Xavier Muro.
The Table, with the votes from ERC, PSC and Cs, has ruled out voting a JxCat proposal to reject the secretary’s instructions and therefore, it has assumed that the president of the Government, Quim Torra, is no longer a deputy of the Chamber.
Sources of JxCat They have accused the Board and its president and Parliament, Roger Torrent, of having validated the decision of the secretary general by rejecting the Board to vote on his party’s proposal.
Muro considered that the decision of the Supreme Court (TS) and the Central Electoral Board (JEC) “change the situation that until now allowed to argue “in favor of its non-execution.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Electoral Board (JEP) of Barcelona has issued the act of Maria Senserrich as a JxCat deputy in the Parliament to replace the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra. The letter indicates that the person who must replace Torra is Senserrich as he is the next on the JxCat electoral list.
Likewise, the Electoral Board explains that Senserrich’s credential will be delivered this Monday to the Parliament.
The Central Electoral Board (JEC) decided on January 3 to strip his deputy certificate after being sentenced by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia to a year and a half of disqualification for disobedience.
The Supreme Court agreed to maintain that order, but Torra refuses to give up his seat and refers to the resolution approved by Parliament on January 4, in which he was ratified as deputy and president.
JxCat conditions the continuity of the Government
The vice-president of the Parliament, Josep Costa (JxCat), has conditioned this Monday the continuity of the Government and the approval of the Budgets that the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, continues to be a deputy in the Parliament.
This has been warned at a press conference in the chamber together with the president of the parliamentary group, Albert Batet, who has announced that they will register this Monday, due to extraordinary urgency, a resolution proposal to ratify Torra as a deputy and “challenge the agreements of the Central Electoral Board, which are an attack on the sovereignty of the Parliament. “
“The best way to guarantee that there is continuity in the Government and Budgets is that Torra does not lose the status of deputy,” they have warned.
ERC asks to suspend Torra’s vote
For his part, the president of the ERC group in Parliament, Sergi Sabrià, has bet this Monday to “suspend” the vote of the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, to defend the “sovereignty” of the Catalan chamber and avoid a “sterile disobedience” and merely symbolic.
At a press conference in the Catalan chamber, Sabrià stated that, for ERC, “Torra is president for all intents and purposes and politically he is also a deputy”, although to avoid “putting at risk” the Parliament and the “validity” of his votes the right thing to do for now is to leave your vote “on hold.”
The Republican parliamentary leader has denounced that the JEC and the Supreme Court “have once again attacked the rights of the Catalans, usurping their votes”, and pointed out that with their respective decisions they intend to “illegally overthrow the president of the Generalitat and divide the pro-independence forces. “
“Let’s not fall into the trap of the State,” he continued, and called to avoid “ending the legislature with a new symbolic disobedience” that would lead to the “collapse of the institutions.”
“The dilemma is very evident: either budgets or paralysis of the institutions,” Sabrià insisted by way of summary, who has warned that if Torra votes in the chamber, everything that is decided will be challenged: “Or we show that we are here to improve the living conditions of our people or we become entangled in a short-range symbolism. “
Sabrià has asked “not to feed magic stories” or to ignore that the independence movement faces “a very powerful state”.
Torra’s lawyer: “The secretary has no powers”
However, Torra’s lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, has questioned that the Secretary General of the Parliament, Xavier Muro, has powers to order the withdrawal of the act of deputy to Torra. In a tweet, which Torra himself has retweeted, the lawyer assures that the withdrawal of the seat from Torra is not what the Central Electoral Board (JEC) requested and has warned: “A few articles of the Penal Code come to mind “.
“Democratic principles and the right of representation are at stake … Specially protected in the Penal Code and, sooner rather than later, we will see how none of this resists the filter of European justice,” said Boye.
Does the Secretary General of the Parliament have these powers? It is not what the JEC asked for and a few articles of the penal code come to mind
The Secretary of the Parliament gives the order to withdraw the act of deputy in Torra via @elnacionalcat https://t.co/h1EaqEZf4N
– Gonzalo Boye (@boye_g) January 27, 2020
ANC calls a rally
The ANC has launched an “urgent call” for 3:00 pm before the Catalan Parliament to “defend its sovereignty” and against the withdrawal of the status of deputy of the President of the Government, Quim Torra.
“Everyone to Parliament: let’s defend their sovereignty, our sovereignty,” the entity has proclaimed in a tweet, which has been accompanied by the label ‘StandUpForCatalonia’.
Everyone in Parliament: we defend their sovereignty, our sovereignty.
– Catalan National Assembly (@assembly) January 27, 2020
PP and Citizens Warnings
Both the orange party and the PP have repeatedly warned that Torrent and the members of the Table may be committing an alleged crime of disobedience if Torra ends up voting in plenary, and they have announced that they will take legal action if this happens.
For its part, the CUP warned on Thursday that the judicial process against Torra will end up causing the end of term, and opted to agree on a culmination worthy of this: “We hope it ends with dignity and with a response to match the intrusions.”
The agenda of the plenary session includes the vote of the Parlament Budgets, which have generated controversy in recent days: the Board approved last week a draft of accounts that raises the salary of the deputies 1.75% with the support of JxCat, Cs and PP, the abstentions of ERC, PSC and the CUP, and the rejection of the comuns.