To avoid a new scenario of early elections, the two main Catalan independence parties announced on Monday that they had reached an agreement to form a coalition government. If the new president of the region is from ERC, the central government of Pedro Sanchez should be relieved to find a more cooperative interlocutor.
The Republican Left Party of Catalonia (ERC) and Ensemble pour la Catalogne (JxC), the two main pro-independence groups in Catalonia, the region that contributes the most to GDP in Spain, have reached an agreement to form a coalition government in Barcelona.
The two political parties “conclude an agreement in principle to (…) form a coalition government and thus avoid the scenario of new elections”, they announced in a press release, without giving more information on the nature of their agreement and how they plan to share power.
This decision comes after the elections in this region took place two months ago. The two political parties have found this solution to avoid new elections given that on May 26, the region must absolutely elect a new president.
ERC and JxC, the two Catalan independence parties that have governed the region since 2015, have deep disagreements on the basis of their ideology, one advocating negotiations with the central Spanish government led by the left and the other totally rejecting it.
They are due to present the final agreement at a press conference around midday and it would appear that the new president of the region should come from ERC (ex-regional president Carles Puigdemont) given that he was headed by JxC previously and that both parties won 33 and 32 seats in the regional parliament.
During the last regional elections in Catalonia, the separatists reinforced their presence with 9 new seats for the radicals of the CUP and obtained 74 seats against 70 of the 135 in the regional parliament.