The latest candidate for the position of Catalan president – Quim Torra – has failed to gain an absolute majority in the first investiture debate held in Barcelona on Saturday.
The outcome of the initial vote was 66 against, 65 for and 4 abstentions. The local parliament is set to vote again today to decide if Mr Torra will become the 131st President of the Generalitat.
Accepto aquest repte amb orgull i amb l'objectiu de formar, de manera immediata, un govern que executi el mandat de l'1 d'octubre. Gràcies @KRLS.
Visca la República Catalana.
— Quim Torra (@joaquim_torra) May 10, 2018
“I accept this challenge with pride and with the aim of training, immediately, a government mandate that runs from the 1st of October. Thank you @KRLS.
Long live the Catalan Republic.” Quim Torra.
He has said that if he is elected to the position, he will follow the mandate given to him in the contested independence referendum in October last year, which could see him set a collision course with the Government in Madrid.
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