Two rival separatist parties in Catalonia have reached an agreement to form a coalition government. They want to prevent the Spanish region from going to the polls again three months after the polls. According to local media, left-wing Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalunya) reached an agreement on a government led by ERC leader Pere Aragonès.
The leader of Catalonia has come from Ynetes in Catalonia since 2015, but the ERC won one extra seat in this election. “With this agreement, we start the next step. We can once again look forward to the independent Republic of Catalonia,” Aragones said.
The coalition says it wants to restore confidence to the people of Catalonia and also wants to work with other parties to jointly strive for an independent Republic of Catalonia. The two parties that do not have a majority in Parliament rely on them on the blessing of the radical left-wing CUP (People’s Unity Candidate). It has nine seats in the regional parliament out of 135 members.
ERC and Junts per Catalunya take a different approach to their desire for independence. The ERC favors an approach that relies mainly on consulting with the national government in Madrid, and Junts per Catalunya is more aggressive and more action-focused. Within two years, the extent to which Catalonia has reached will be examined.
The surprising winners in the February elections were the Social Democrats of the Socialist Party of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the conservative Spanish nationalist Fox.
New elections for the time being will be bad for the separatists, according to a survey by the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia. In the survey released on Monday, the percentage of respondents who speak of independence has dropped to 42% and more than half (52%) do not want to separate from Spain, according to the survey.
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