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10:22 am, January 16th, 2018 - 12 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, democracy under attack, International, Politics, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: Catalonia, democracy, spain
Reposted from I/S at No Right Turn.
Last year, the Spanish government in Madrid dissolved Catalanoia’s regional government and forced regional elections in the hope of overthrowing a seperatist majority in the regional Parliament. They lost. Catalans marched to the ballot boxes in record numbers, and re-elected the people Spain wanted to get rid of. They now seem set to re-elect the Carles Puigdemont – the man Madrid overthrew – as President. So naturally, Spain is having another tantrum:
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned Madrid will continue to run Catalonia’s government if separatist leader Carles Puigdemont tries to govern from Belgium, where he is living in self-imposed exile.
Separatist parties last week agreed to reinstall Mr Puigdemont as Catalonia’s president of government, following fresh elections in which they kept their majority in the Catalan Parliament.
In a speech at his centre-right People’s Party headquarters on Monday, Mr Rajoy said: “It’s absurd that someone aspires to be president of the Catalan regional government as a fugitive in Brussels – it’s a case of common sense.”
Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo added: “Parliamentary rules are very clear. They do not contemplate the possibility of a [parliamentary] presence that is not in person.
Maybe Spain’s parliamentary rules do. But Catalonia’s parliamentary rules are a matter for Catalans. And I’d look to Catalonia for their interpretation, not Madrid. As for Madrid’s threat, the will of the Catalan people is clear: they want the seperatists as government and Puigdemont as President. Spain needs to respect that. But that’s the whole problem, isn’t it?