Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan region, spoke with an hour late Tuesday evening in front of the regional Parliament in Barcelona. He spoke on the “political consequences” of the Catalan referendum, stressing the need to “reduce tensions” with the Madrid authorities. According to him, Catalonia has gained the right to be an independent state.
Carles Puigdemont asked the Parliament to suspend the application of the declaration of independence so as to be able to dialogue with Madrid. Dark costume and cravat, a serious air, Carles Puigdemont, a former 54-year-old journalist, was to define his line after the October 1 banned self-determination referendum in which his government asserted that the “yes” prevailed more than 90% for a participation rate of 43%.
“I assume the mandate according to which Catalonia must become an independent state in the form of a Republic,” he said before the Parliament of Barcelona. ” I propose to suspend the implementation of this declaration of independence in order to enter into discussions in order to reach a negotiated solution. Carles Puigdemont did not, however, ask for an explicit vote of Parliament in favor of this declaration of independence.
“Catalonia has gained the right to be an independent state,” said the President of the Generalitat, relying on the result of the referendum of 1 October.
The conservative Spanish government said on Tuesday night that Carles Puigdemont’s strategy, which implicitly declared independence, was “inadmissible“, as was his subsequent offer to suspend it. ” An implicit declaration of independence, followed by an explicit suspension (…) is not admissible, ” a spokesman said in Madrid. On their side, allies of the Catalan government regretted a “lost opportunity to solemnly proclaim” independence.
The Catalan independence, the dream of Carles Puigdemont
Born during the Franco dictatorship in 1962, in a village in the region of Girona, Carles Puigdemont is the second of a sibling of eight children. He bathed from a very early childhood in a Catalan nationalist climate.
At the age of 20, he co-founded the Jeunesses de Catalunya, a formation close to the Convergence démocratique de Catalunya, a regionalist, centrist, liberal and pro-European party. He meets Jordi Pujol, President of Catalonia from 1980 to 2003.
Carles Puigdemont studied literature and linguistics, his passions are journalism and new technologies. He worked at El Punt magazine, Le Point, where he became editor-in-chief and then headed an English magazine, Catalonia Today. His wife, a Romanian, with whom he has two daughters, is also a journalist.
Elected to the Catalan Parliament in 2006, Carles Puigdemont wins, in 2011, the city council of the city of Girona, where it becomes very popular. In 2016, he was elected president of Catalonia by the Parliament, with some parties of the coalition preferring to block the way to the outgoing president Artur Mas, mingled with corruption scandals. From now on, Carles Puigdemont can devote himself to his dream, he does everything to implement the referendum of 1 October.