Carles Puigdemont looks at his then vice president, Oriol Junqueras, leader of ERC, during a session of the Catalan Parliament, on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona
The two major Catalan separatist parties agreed to try to reinvest the Catalan president dismissed by the Spanish government, Carles Puigdemont, although they have not yet decided how to do it when they meet in Belgium, sources from both groups informed Wednesday.
In the elections of December 21, the independentist parties renewed their absolute majority in the regional Parliament, with 70 deputies out of 135, and Puigdemont’s list, Together for Catalonia (center-right), was the first of the bloc, followed closely by the Left Republican of Catalonia (ERC).
Puigdemont, who left for Belgium after the regional parliament declared independence on October 27, met Tuesday in Brussels with ERC number two Marta Rovira to negotiate the investiture, a spokeswoman said. the AFP.
According to this source, both „have reached an agreement to start the legislature (…) and invest Carles Puigdemont as president of the Generalitat (the Catalan government)“.
However, from the other side, they denied that the agreement is completely closed due to the judicial situation of Puigdemont, persecuted for rebellion and sedition in Spain, which could lead to his arrest if he returns to the country.
For now, the former president, dismissed by the head of the central government, Mariano Rajoy, after declaring secession, ruled out returning to Spain until after he was sworn in as president.
A spokesman for the training told AFP that Puigdemont proposed a telematic investiture, via videoconference, or in writing, making another deputy read his government program.
„The feasibility of these proposals is being studied,“ said the ERC spokesman, stating that there is no „agreement on how to do the investiture.“
The regulation of the Catalan Parliament stipulates that the candidate for president must „present his government program before the plenary“, but from the Puigdemont party they say that this could be done through videoconference.
For this it is essential that they control the governing body of the chamber, which interprets the regulation and must be chosen on January 17, when the Parliament is constituted.
In spite of their absolute majority, the independentistas do not have assured this control, since they have three deputies in the jail and other five in Brussels, reason why they would have to force the resignation of some or to secure the support of another party.
After the constitution of the Parliament, the parties have until January 31 to hold the first investiture debate.