Separatist politician Perry Aragon missed the majority required to elect a new head of government in the Catalan Parliament. For the left-wing ERC candidate, only 42 MPs voted Friday evening after ten hours of debate: 33 from his parliamentary group and nine from the radical left-wing CUP. In the 135-member regional parliament, it would need at least 68 votes. The Socialists won 33 seats and the other parties opposed a split Spain They voted against the 38-year-old.
Aragon aims, through the ERC, to release a new version of the previous alliance with the conservative liberal separatist party JxCat while tolerating the CUP. Previously, he was given little chance to vote on Friday.
JxCat was then critical to Aragonès’ failure. 32 deputies from the NATO party Belgium Former heads of government of Catalonia who fled, Carles Puigdemontrefrain. Negotiations on a coalition agreement did not progress enough, and the party justified its stance just six weeks after the February 14 elections.
The deal is getting more complicated
Aragon now wants to compete for the second time next Tuesday. Then a simple majority of the parliamentarians present is sufficient. If it fails again, there remains a deadline of May 26 to form the government. Otherwise, there will be new elections.
JxCat Group Leader Albert Pate of Aragon called not to run again on Tuesday to allow more time to reach an agreement. There is no doubt that Aragon will be elected, but not yet. Aragones refused, citing the economic and social crisis and the Corona epidemic. The new government must be able to act quickly.
The three parties ERC, JxCat and the CUP unite mainly by seeking independence in the economically strong region of Northeast Spain. There are significant differences in many other areas of policy. This makes reaching an agreement complicated and cumbersome for governance.