Catalan president says no to snap election

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced Thursday that he has decided against holding a snap election. Puigdemont explained that he has not received sufficient guarantees from Madrid that a snap election would stop the main government from suspending the region’s autonomy.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

It was reported Thursday that Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has decided to dissolve the regional parliament and hold a snap election. However, Puigdemont made an announcement hours later, ruling out the possibility of a snap election. According to Puigdemont, he has not received sufficient guarantees from Madrid that such an election would stop the main government from suspending the region’s autonomy.

He added that the Catalan parliament would continue to work toward the separation from Spain in light of the October 1 independence referendum results. Meanwhile, thousands of Catalan students marched toward the parliament in Barcelona as part of a pro-independence demonstration.

As reported by JOL on Tuesday, the Catalan regional government announced it is planning to appeal in Spain’s constitutional court the decision to trigger Article 155, which suspends its autonomy. Earlier this week, Madrid began promoting a new regional election in Catalonia, hoping to oust the current Catalan leadership that pushed for the referendum.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Catalans should ignore their regional authorities once Spain has completed the direct rule implementation.



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