Jose RicoBarcelona – Lunes, 11/11/2019 – 09:10
The severe prison sentences to the leaders of the ‘procés’ were not enough incentive for Catalan independence to achieve the first majority in a general election. The secessionist parties, more fragmented than ever in legislative elections, exceeded for the first time 40% of the votes in this contest, but they could only add one deputy more than in April, 23, at the gates of getting half of the 48 seats in liza. ERC won again in its particular struggle with JxCat, but the post-converters ate ground, a warning that will be, sooner rather than later, the next post: the regional elections.
As in the rest of Spain, the electoral repetition did not serve in Catalonia more than to perpetuate the granitic blocks that dominate the policy during the septenium that we have of ‘procés’: the independentists, who win and advances but without reaching the majority, and the constitutionalist, who resists against the elements. In fact, 42.59% of votes (1,642,063 ballots) harvested by the secessionists are close to the trademarks registered in the rest of the appointments with the polls. They are six points more than in April and a percentage almost similar to that of the May municipalities.
This growth, in the heat of the Supreme Court ruling and subsequent mobilizations, found its main burden in the dispersion of the vote. The state premiere of the CUP, in search of “mess” rather than political influence, curbed the strength of ERC and gave wings to Junts per Catalunya, which reversed the bad omens demonstrations with a comeback that allows his lookout, Carles Puigdemont, to preserve the rudder against the pressure of the PDECat.
The 13 deputies of ERC, two less, remain decisive if Pedro Sánchez decides to look for them after forging a left-wing alliance, and the Republicans already served them on a tray in July. But the context has changed a lot. As Gabriel Rufián warned then, in autumn “everything would be more difficult”. The ruling of the Supreme Court and the tense situation in Catalonia, with imminent threats of conflict in the street through Tsunami Democràtic and the CDR, thin socialist relations with ERC and pave the way for flirting with the PP. Helping Sanchez will also not be a good idea with Catalan elections on the horizon and JxCat cutting positions.
The PSC remains
Catalan socialism returned to meet Sanchez, but he could not give more than the 12 deputies already obtained in April, as a result of a refractory campaign for their interests because the future of the conflict forced the acting president to tighten his speech against secessionism. This strategy allowed the ‘comuns’ to maintain the type in an equally adverse context for them.
The battle between the rights in Catalonia ended in triple tie to two seats. But the cast was nothing salomonic. Ciutadans also suffered the collapse in the land that saw it born 13 years ago and that just two years ago gave Inés Arrimadas the first triumph of a constitutionalist party in Catalan elections. Two years later, the same candidate became the red lantern of the darkest night of oranges. From five deputies to only two.
The popular Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo will no longer be the only deputy of the Catalan PP. He will be accompanied by the ex-delegate of the Government María de los Llanos de Luna. And Catalonia was not an exception within Spain for the vertiginous bite of the extreme right. Vox will have a second Catalan voice in the Congress of Deputies.