The Catalan President hopes the Spanish PM will answer his letter about self-determination vote


Mr. Rajoy surprised by Catalan impudence

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, is expecting an answer from the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, to the letter sent on Friday, which formally asked for the a self-determination vote to take place in Catalonia. “I think Rajoy will answer the letter, but we will see when and how he does so”, stated Mas on Monday.

A few hours later, the Spanish Prime Minister’s office was announcing Rajoy will answer the letter “but in due time”, emphasising it was “a complicated week” with the funeral of the high-speed train accidents’ victims in Galicia and a Spanish Parliament plenary session about the corruption case allegedly affecting Rajoy. The letter was sent in order to formalise in an explicit manner the willingness of the majority of the Catalan people to hold a self-determination referendum to decide on Catalonia’s collective future and its hypothetical independence from Spain.

The formal request was part of the parliamentary stability agreement between the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) – which runs the Catalan Government – and the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC). According to the latest opinion polls and last November’s electoral results, almost 80% of Catalans would back the organisation of a self-determination vote. In addition, the latest poll indicated that 55% of Catalans would vote for independence in a referendum while 23% would vote against it and the rest are still undecided or preferred not to answer the question. The parties backing Catalonia’s independence from Spain praised Mas’ letter while the political forces defending unity with Spain criticised the initiative.

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