All the ministers of Junts have put their positions at the disposal of the party after Pere Aragonès’ decision to dismiss vice-president Jordi Puigneró. This was announced by the general secretary of the party, Jordi Turull, in an interview in Rac1 in which he recognized that the relationship with ERC is “increasingly difficult” to redirect. “We feel quite expelled from the Government”, he has affirmed. The dome of the formation meets this Thursday to decide on its continuity in the Executive.
Spain is not Canada no matter how hard Aragonès tries
Turull has defended that his party’s decision to put on the table the demand from Aragonès for a matter of trust, which triggered the current crisis, understanding that the president is not fulfilling the agreement between the two formations to advance towards independence. The general secretary has claimed that Puigneró has always been “loyal” to the Government. And he has added that he could not inform Aragonès that they were going to raise the question of confidence in Parliament because he did not know what was going to be announced – only that the party was considering it as a “possibility” -.
On whether the situation within the Government is sustainable for the future, he insisted on the poor compliance with the agreement between the two partners: “The greatest factor of stability of the Government is to have a clear score, and this is the agreement we signed”.
Turull has assured that he was “perplexed” when he learned of Aragonès’ determination to dismiss the vice president. “I told him it was a mistake, that Puigneró had been loyal”, revealed the leader of Junts. He also told him, he added, that that decision did not contribute to “fixing things.”
Aragonès appeared this Wednesday after 11:00 p.m. to announce the dismissal of Puigneró as an attempt to tackle the open crisis within the Govern after Junts threatened to claim a matter of trust. The president attributed it to disloyalty on the part of the vice president for not having informed him of the Junts movement.
In this way, Aragonès left the ball on the roof of the postconvergents, who must now decide whether to seek a replacement for Puigneró, as the president has asked them –for now, the position will remain unfilled–, or if they choose to leave the Executive. The formation led by Turull and Laura Borràs already had in fact in its plans to submit to a vote of the militancy the need or not to leave the Government.
Junts reacted to Puigneró’s expulsion with a statement in which he described the decision as a “historical error” that “endangers the continuity of the pro-independence project”. “Pere Aragonès’ decision violates the Government agreement signed between the two parties, and defrauds the mandate of the 14F [la fecha de las elecciones]”, they affirm.
The dismissal of Puigneró was a blow to the authority of the president in the face of what has turned out to be the greatest crisis experienced within the Government of ERC and Junts in this year and four months of existence. The announcement came after a day of urgent meetings. Aragonès first met with his ministers, among other reasons to find out the opinion of those from Junts on the question of trust. Upon learning of his closing ranks with the party, he summoned the party’s general secretary, Jordi Turull, to address him.
Vilagrà (ERC) rules out “categorically” an election
For her part, the counselor of the Presidency of the Generalitat, Laura Vilagrà, from ERC, has “categorically” ruled out the call for elections and has defended that the Catalan Executive is in force. “The Government will continue, the Government is in force. It just started a year and a half ago, we have a Government program that we are executing”, she has maintained in an interview on Catalunya Ràdio.
Vilagrà has assured that “all the ministers” expressed their willingness to work in the face of a political, economic and social situation that he has described as complicated. “We have to work all the members of the Government in the same direction. We have to have trust, we have to be able to tell each other things, we have to work with loyalty. It’s what we have to do. I hope it will be like that from now on.”