The independentista Carme Forcadell announces that she will not repeat as president of the Catalan Parliament, in Barcelona this January 11, 2018
The president of the Catalan parliament, the pro-independence Carme Forcadell, announced on Thursday that she will not repeat the charge because of the court case opened against her for rebellion and sedition for her role in the failed attempt to secede from Spain.
„I announce that I will not run as a president of this chamber,“ he told a Forcadell press conference, whom he had been offered to repeat in the post after the December 21 elections in this region.
„I believe that the new political moment requires a new free figure, above all in the judicial processes,“ added the former co-organizer of the major pro-independence demonstrations as president of the influential ANC association.
The Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy dissolved the parliament controlled by the separatists and called new elections when de facto intervened regional autonomy after the camera proclaimed a failed republic on October 27.
The resignation of Forcadell, who will continue as deputy, comes two days after one of the main candidates to succeed her, the former Justice Minister Carles Mundó, announced that she is leaving politics.
Like the rest of the government chaired by Carles Puigdemont and also by Rajoy, Mundó was investigated for rebellion and sedition.
On the same day, former Catalan president Artur Mas (2010-2016) also announced that he was resigning as president of his party and that of Puigdemont, the PDeCAT, to make way for new leaderships and face the multiple causes linked to the independence process.
Since October 2016, Forcadell was under investigation for alleged disobedience to the Constitutional Court, which had required him not to allow the processing of laws and resolutions promoting secession.
After the declaration of independence, the case was expanded with the crimes of rebellion and sedition for which he even spent a night in pretrial detention before being released on provisional release.
Five other members of the governing body of parliament are also under investigation and three of them will not remain in the new legislature.
„We have limited ourselves to guaranteeing something as simple as that in a parliament we can talk about everything,“ said Forcadell, who was accused by the opposition of violating the regulations of the chamber to facilitate the approval of the independence laws.
The beginning of the new legislature is also expected to be controversial: the independentistas have absolute majority (70 out of 135 seats) and want to invest Puigdemont as president, installed in Belgium since the government removed him.
But they want to do it remotely, by videoconference or in writing, to prevent him from returning to Spain and being arrested, although the opposition says it is illegal. The final word will be held by the governing body of the parliament, with its president in the head.