December 3, 2020

Torra recovers this year's speech at the end of the year after the absence in 2017 by the 155

Torra recovers this year's speech at the end of the year after the absence in 2017 by the 155



The president of the Government, Quim Torra, will deliver this Sunday December 30th at 9:00 pm from the Palau de la Generalitat the traditional end-of-year speech that other autonomous presidents also hold, Europa Press sources have informed the Catalan Executive.

Torra thus recovers the tradition of addressing the Catalans on the penultimate day of the year, which in 2017 was not done because the application of Article 155 was in force and Catalonia had no president because just nine days before the elections had just been held in Parliament.

The Catalan president will make a speech before starting a 2019 with many unknowns for the sovereignty process, since it will be the year in which the trial will be held to the independence leaders prosecuted by the Supreme Court.

Torra has reiterated his determination to "not accept" the sentences if they are condemnatory, but he has not explained what this would consist of, and the only thing he has specified is that he would be available to the Parlament to find the appropriate answer.

In addition, the message will come after the recent meeting with the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, in which they agreed to continue dialogue despite "notable differences", and in which they called for this 2019 to be the year in which the dialogue translate concretions.

2018 has been a turbulent year for the independence movement: Torra was president by surprise after the attempts to invest Carles Puigdemont, Jordi Turull and Jordi Sànchez, and JxCat, ERC and the CUP have lost an absolute majority in the Parlament due to their internal differences .

A 2017 ATYPIC

Last year around the same time the independence parties just revalidated the majority in the Catalan Chamber – despite the victory of Cs at the polls – and began negotiations to try again to invest in the position to Carles Puigdemont, and then in Brussels.

Despite having been removed from office two months earlier, Puigdemont considered himself the legitimate president of Catalonia and addressed the Catalans with a message that he spread through social networks, seeking to emulate the traditional institutional message.

Puigdemont used that message to address the then Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, whom he demanded to recognize the independence victory in the elections and begin to "negotiate politically with the legitimate Governor of Catalonia."

"Many citizens hope that, after the recipe for violence, repression and the liquidation of self-government has failed, the era of dialogue and negotiation that we have been demanding for years will begin," the former president said.

It is a mystery if the former president will use this method again on Sunday to launch his message: now, unlike in 2017, there is a president, Torra, who was precisely proposed for the position by Puigdemont himself.

2016: THE LAST CONVENTIONAL YEAR

The 2016 was the last conventional year-end speech to date: on that occasion Puigdemont, from the Palau de la Generalitat, assured that the following year would organize the referendum and that the Government and the Parliament would apply the result "without delay no excuses. "

At that time the debate was focused on whether Puigdemont would bet on the unilateral route to independence, and the president said that he prioritized the agreed route but did not rule out any scenario: "We are ready and we will show it".

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