Iñaki Paro Torregrosa Barcelona 20/02/2020
The Standing Committee of Lliga Democràtica and Lliures, two formations that will be merged next March in a founding congress, has requested in a statement to open spaces for dialogue that “can lead to a unitary candidacy of political Catalanism” in the face of the next elections to the Parliament, still without date.
The new formation believes that the candidacy they are pursuing “must bring together all the sensitivities of Catalanism with the firm will to overcome confrontation and social division”, as well as “favor reconciliation and return Catalonia to the path of good governance, the order and progress. “
For this reason, the party that is now running on an interim basis Astrid Barrio considers it essential to “overcome the existing division in the center Catalan space” and move forward in the construction of these spaces for dialogue and commitment to promote these spaces for dialogue “from respecting the personality and independence of all political formations. ”
A group of independents already advocated that scenario at an event in Barcelona in early February and promised economic and logistical support if that electoral brand is built that brings together the different Catalan sensibilities. But, for now, there has been no progress in that way. Specifically, Units per Avançar, Lliga Democràtica, Lliures and the Poblet group, also known as El País de Demà, were asked to join under the same electoral umbrella even if there is more than one party.
There have been several conversations between the different actors, but they do not materialize at all for now. Despite not agreeing 100% and not having closed any agreement, the Units sectors, headed by Ramon Espadaler and the Poblet group, which are now coordinated by former regional minister and former mayor of Sant Cugat Lluís Recoder and businessman Toni Garrell, have Mutually recognized that they have more affinity with each other than with the other parties.
Espadaler will take that issue to the national council that will hold Units this coming weekend, according to sources consulted. He will propose to his advisers the option to speak with the parties of his political space, the center and moderate Catalan, in addition to exposing the electoral program they have made in recent weeks.
However, in the Poblet group they still do not have the definitive conclusions about whether or not they should present a party or promote an existing one. Until March 7, when the associates most linked to El País de Dema debate it in an assembly, there will be no decision in this regard.
The study and work group on electoral options handed over the document to the association’s promoters and is now under review. From there will come a text that will not be definitive either, but according to consulted sources, it indicates that there is no party that represents its ideology and its priorities in its entirety. Therefore, some understand that they will bet to create their own party and explore alliances with other forces. Be that as it may, the assembly will have the last word and in the debate the current document can be amended. From there, the options on the table and the possible entente with the heir party of Unió Democràtica de Catalunya will be studied.
La Lliga, on the other hand, also has conversations with Convergents to look for complicities to open a possible coalition. In fact, the links have remained stable despite the fact that the party of Germà Gordó, with a sovereignist profile, refused to join the foundational process of the Lliga by failing to fit into its approach on the national axis. In addition, according to sources consulted, there will be contacts of the members of the Lliga with Units after the national council this weekend.
The statement of the Lliga has occurred after this week both El Punt Avui and the newspaper Ara have advanced the conversations of the Poblet group with Units as well as the plans of both formations separately.