Rajoy Slapped In The Face: Catalonia Elects Pro-Independence Speaker

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy received a well-deserved slap in the face today. Independents again rule Catalonia.

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In October, prime minister Mariano Rajoy took direct control of Catalonia, jailing its leaders and dissolving its parliament after Catalan president Carles Puigdemont declared independence in October. Puigdemont is now in exile in Belgium.

Rajoy forced a new election, but the results are the same.

Catalan Parliament

 

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Back in Control

Today, in a well-deserved slap in the face to prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Pro-Independence Groups Take Back Control of Catalonia's Parliament.

 

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Pro-independence parties took control of the Catalan parliament on Wednesday in what they hailed as the first step towards restoring the regional government after almost three months of direct rule from Madrid.

Celebrations erupted among flag-waving supporters in Barcelona as Roger Torrent, of the pro-independence Republican Left (ERC), was voted head of the speaker’s committee, the chamber’s decision-making body.

Addressing the chamber, Mr. Torrent denounced the legal proceedings against much of the pro-independence leadership. He said the imprisonment of three parliamentarians - including Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president and ERC leader - was “absolutely unjustified, and impedes them being able to freely exercise their rights”.

Opposition parties had tried to thwart the election of Mr. Torrent with a request - swiftly denied - that the parliament reject delegated votes from the three jailed politicians, whose empty seats were marked with yellow ribbons. Mr. Puigdemont and four former cabinet members in self-imposed exile in Brussels dropped their attempts to vote via delegates after Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, warned he would appeal such a move at the Constitutional Court.

Parliament Reconvenes Pro-Independence Groups Win

The BBC reports Catalonia MPs Elect Separatist Speaker as Parliament Reconvenes.

Separatist lawmakers secured control of parliament on Wednesday with the election of Mr. Torrent, a member of the left-wing separatist ERC party. He beat an anti-independence candidate by 65 votes to 56.

The session was broadcast to a flag-waving crowd outside.

ERC's leader, Oriol Junqueras, is among three Catalan MPs in prison awaiting trial over the independence push. But they were allowed to vote to select a parliamentary speaker via proxies. Five others in self-imposed exile in Belgium did not assign proxies. Yellow ribbons were placed on their empty seats.

The MPs also met to select a board who will decide who gets the first chance to form a government. It will have two weeks to pick a president. It is likely to nominate Mr. Puigdemont to lead the region, and his supporters say he could potentially do so via video link from Belgium.

Mr Puigdemont's spokesman, Joan Maria Piqué, told the BBC's Gavin Lee that it was perfectly plausible for him to be president remotely. He pointed to how Donald Trump uses Twitter as a prime source of interaction in the US.

But lawyers for the Catalan parliament council, an advisory body, have said it would not be legal or within the Spanish constitution to allow for a president in exile.

Silence

Mainstream media, Mariano Rajoy, and the EU are silent.

The only news is from the BBC, the Financial Times, and The Telegraph.

Real Vote

The real vote was 70-56 as five in exile did not vote.

To the dismay of Rajoy, the non-aligned Comu-Podem sat the vote out. Comu-Podem does not favor independence but they do favor an honest vote on the matter.

The people have spoken, again. I am quite pleased with this result.

Catalonia Si!

Comments

Greed is King D503 Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:51 Permalink

There`s 15,000 of them being trained in American occupied Syria by the CIA and American military for just such an eventuality should Rojay request assistance to maintain Spanish "Democracy" and prevent the Catalonians exercising (the blatantly illegal under the definition of Western Democratic) self determination.

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Greed is King BritBob Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:07 Permalink

The population of Gibraltar is predominately of Spanish descent, yet they regard themselves as British, and have always demanded to remain British. Spain has no claim on them, or the rock. The Falklands were ceded to Britain by Spain during the Napoleonic wars, they have never been part of Argentina, and the population of the Falklands is almost entirely of British descent, and have always maintained that they will always BE British. Both these cases have been discussed by the UN and the EU, and those organisations have suggested that Gibraltar and the Falklands should be yielded to the non-British claimants. Self determination is obviously an alien concept to the UN and the EU, let`s hope the British public are more Democratically minded and will never allow our Government to betray Gibraltar and the Falklands.

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GreatUncle Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:59 Permalink

"within the Spanish constitution to allow for a president in exile."

but ...

"within the Spanish constitution after ceding sovereignty to the EU it is okay for a foreign president called Junkers to tell you what to do".

What a joke.

Blankone Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:14 Permalink

I think they already have lost their momentum to actually break free and now are pursuing a path of making irritating noise from with the fabric of the system and begging.

DaBard51 Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00 Permalink

There's red on the flag; Russian involvement, there must be.

 

 

 

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