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It called powerfully the attention the fact that the spokesman of ERC in the Congress, Gabriel Rufián, adopted a conciliatory tone in the investiture debate, accepting the rules of constitutional game

Francesc Granell

08/03/2019 01:05 Updated to 03/08/2019 03:00

The discussions derived from the non-investiture of Pedro Sánchez on the second ballot, on July 25, are having repercussions on all the political parties that left the PSOE alone at the time of giving a favorable vote to said investiture.

There has been much comment on what Citizens’ positioning may mean in the face of Rivera’s desire to position himself as leader of the opposition, or on the desires of several political leaders to surround themselves with the faithful without attending to their critics.

It called powerfully the attention the fact that the spokesman of ERC in the Congress, Gabriel Rufián, adopted a conciliatory tone in the investiture debate, accepting the rules of constitutional game, while the president of the Catalan Parliament, also of ERC, Roger Torrent, declared himself as pro-independence in El Periódico de Catalunya in his article ‘The Republican Proposal’, where he clarified that the republic is not a flag but opportunities and hopes in schools, hospitals, pensions, labor rights and social services to overcome, he said, the limits that imposes the 1978 regime to the economic, social and cultural development of our country.

The change in attitude of the ex-president Puigdemont regarding the investiture nuances very much the words pronounced by his spokeswoman Laura Borras in the investiture session.

All this demonstrates that the sovereignty option is reviewing concepts and more so if it is confirmed that prominent ERC members will not participate in the next September 11 demonstration.

These developments are showing that the pro-independence parties -like what is happening with Bildu in the Basque Country- are reviewing their republican position and are approaching what they had described as a 1978 constitutional regime that implies, for example, acceptance of the parliamentary monarchy consecrated by article 1.3 of the Spanish Constitution, however much some municipalities and the Parliament of Catalonia itself make anti-monarchist declarations.

If we look at how the Catalan economy is doing -despite the relocation of 5,000 companies out of Catalonia due to political uncertainties- it can be said that the 1978 parliamentary monarchist regime has not gone badly and that, instead, the internal disputes between parties in the Parliament of Catalonia itself would plunge us into a world of unknowns if we had a Catalan republic.

Let us not disdain the parliamentary monarchy when it gives advanced countries institutional stability and progress

Let us not disregard the parliamentary monarchy of 1978 when we see that countries as advanced as Sweden, Norway, Denmark or the United Kingdom itself -now trapped by Brexit- do not doubt that the option of a parliamentary monarchy gives them institutional stability and, with it, economic and social progress.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190803/463819638145/las-opciones-republicana-y-monarquica.html

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