The Supreme Court decision amounts to removing Quim Torra from office. Torra left the Generalitat last night after first meeting with Vice Prime Minister Pere Aragonès. The latter now takes on the task of interim prime minister, until new, early elections are held.
Torra’s conviction in December sparked street protests in Barcelona, but they failed to materialize yesterday. “There is of course corona that hits Spain hard, it is not the time to hit the streets en masse,” said correspondent Sven Tuytens in Spain. “But there has also been fatigue. The departure of Torra intensifies the battle between the different parties in Catalonia.”
It has long ceased to work in between Together for Catalonia (JpG), Quim Torra’s center-right ruling party, and Left handed Republican of Catalonia (ERC), Pere Aragonès’ left-wing party. JpG is the largest party in the Catalan parliament, followed by ERC, which provides tolerance support to the Torra government. Both JpG and ERC strive for Catalan independence, but have a different strategy. JpG opts for the tough confrontation with Madrid, ERC is more on the road of dialogue.
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