The ERC candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has warned that if on May 1 a governance agreement has not been reached with the Junts, both parties will have to “explore other alternative routes” to avoid an electoral repetition in Catalonia.
This was explained in an interview in the newspaper Ara collected by Europa Press this Sunday, when Junts and ERC have a term of one month and one day –until May 26 – to unravel the negotiations and avoid a call for new elections in mid-July.
He has specified that a minority ERC Government with support from outside those of Carles Puigdemont is not a path that the Republicans have proposed: “We are not the ones who have located the possibility. “
Asked about the positions of the Secretary General of the Junts, Jordi Sànchez, and the vice president, Elsa Artadi, They do not rule out not entering the new Catalan Executive and staying in opposition, Aragonès has reiterated his will to reach a governance agreement with the Junts “that will take place as soon as possible, during this month of April.”
However, he has remarked that Republicans have a solid agreement with the CUP and that does not believe “that there are insurmountable pitfalls” to be able to form a Government in the next few days, he has said verbatim.
Regarding the role of the Consell per la República (CxRep), he specified that it should be the Government from which the strategy to move towards independence and has insisted that the entity must collaborate in this strategy “marked by the independence group of the Parliament.”
“Crosses of responsibility”
On the other hand, he has highlighted the need to promote new departments, such as Feminisms, Climate Action or Research and Universities, in which there may be “crossover of responsibilities, of people proposed by the two parties.”
Although he has assured have “no problem” in which ERC continues to assume the departments of Health and Education, it has warned that there could be changes in these areas since “in a coalition government the parliamentary weight of each one must be reflected.”
For Aragonese, it would be a historical error not to place the right of self-determination and amnesty on the political agenda, and has urged to reactivate the dialogue table between the Catalan and central Executive: “In any case, let the State leave.”
Although he has recognized that “the independence movement still has a very low representation regarding” to the desired in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, he recalled that it exceeded 50% in the 14F elections, something that will allow, in his words, to start a negotiation process with the Government, a process of independence and the formation of a new State for Catalonia.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.