Catalan independence bid deadlocked after election failure

Spain’s separatist CUP party fails to decide on whether to keep acting Catalan President Artur Mas as votes counted against and in favour of him end up being even

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Leader of the pro-independence Catalan anti-capitalist party "Candidatura d'Unitat Popular - CUP" (Popular Unity Candidacy) Antonio Banos attends an extraordinary national assembly in Sabadell on December 27, 2015

Spain’s Popular Unity Candidacy party's internal vote, which would define the future of Catalonia was deadlocked on Sunday as far-left Catalan party’s votes against keeping separatist Catalan leader Artur Mas as the leader of Catalonia and its separatist movement ended up being even with votes in favour of him.

Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) failed to reach a decision, Mas supporters could only reach 1,515 votes, exactly the same number as the members who refuse to support him because of his austerity policies.

Austerity policies as well as corruption scandals that have been linked to Mas’s party, which has 62 seats in the parliament, have caused a loss of support from smaller CUP groupings.

Support of two more CUP lawmakers would be enough for the formation of a Mas-led government. The far-left party's leadership is expected to reach a decision on January 2, seven days before the given deadline to elect a new leader and form a new government.

Otherwise, Catalan parliament will face a revote, which would be the fourth in 6 years.

“Political challenge”

CUP parliament leader Antonio Banos said, “we are faced with a political challenge, a challenge to debate and find solutions.”

Despite the CUP not being able to agree on the formation of a new government, they have agreed on a plan to create an independent Catalonia within 28 months.

All of Spain's national parties, except anti-austerity party Podemos, are refusing to allow Catalonia’s independence referendum.

While Podemos is supporting Spain’s indivisibility, it is still backing the referendum which could make Catalonia independent.


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