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Rull starts the electoral timer in Catalonia

Rull starts the electoral timer with the call for a plenary session on June 26

Maria Jose Gonzalez

June 20, 2024 | 11:30 a.m.

The president of the Parliament, Josep Rull, calls a plenary session to start the countdown towards possible new elections in Catalonia

In an institutional statement this Wednesday, Josep Rull, President of the Parliament, has announced a crucial call: a plenary session on June 26 that will activate the countdown for the investiture of a new president of the Generalitat. This movement responds to the lack of sufficient support for Salvador Illa and Carles Puigdemont, the main candidates.

With this decision, Rull seeks to force the parties to negotiate and reach an agreement in two months. If they do not achieve this before August 26, Catalonia will face new elections. This pressing deadline reflects the complex political situation and the need for an effective resolution.

The challenge of Illa and Puigdemont to form a government in Catalonia

Salvador Illa, first secretary of the PSC, has expressed his intention to run as a candidate, requesting more time to negotiate with ERC and Comuns. Illa hopes to form a progressive majority, which, according to him, is the only viable option for a stable legislature.

On the other hand, Carles Puigdemont, leader of Junts, also wants to run, but at a more opportune time. His party is working to obtain the necessary support to guarantee a successful investiture. This strategic posture highlights the difficulties that both candidates face in consolidating solid alliances.

ERC's position in the face of political uncertainty

Marta Vilalta, ERC spokesperson, has made it clear that there is no agreement to support any candidate currently. Vilalta criticizes the apparent reluctance of PSC and Junts to present their projects in plenary, accusing them of "hiding and not showing their faces." His reference to the acting president, Pere Aragonès, highlights the difference in approaches in seeking support.

Vilalta insists that negotiations must be transparent and quick, warning that time should not be used as a pretext to avoid public debate. This criticism reflects ERC's frustration at the lack of concrete progress.

The need for a political consensus to avoid new elections

The call of the plenary session by Rull and the activation of the electoral countdown underlines the urgency of reaching a political consensus in Catalonia. Parties must overcome their differences and work together to avoid electoral repetition, which could prolong political uncertainty and instability.

This process not only tests the ability of political leaders to negotiate and compromise, but also the resilience of Catalan institutions to manage such a complex situation. The future of Catalonia depends on the ability of its representatives to find effective and viable solutions.

Josep Rull's decision to call a plenary session on June 26 marks a crucial point in Catalan politics. The lack of clear support for the main candidates forces the parties to negotiate intensively in the next two months. The success of these negotiations will determine whether Catalonia can avoid new elections and move towards stable governance.

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