Pro-Independence Parties Win: President in Exile Possible

Mike Mish Shedlock

Congrats to the pro-independence parties in Catalonia for their upset victory following Rajoy's fraudulent takeover.

Three cheers to the pro-independence movement in Catalonia for winning once again. This victory follows Spain's violent crackdown and illegal jailing of Catalonia leaders.

Rajoy's PP party was humiliated with a mere 3 seats out of 135. Those were the worst results in history of PP.

The independence forces will get 70 seats in parliament validating the absolute majority they obtained two years ago.

In 2015 the pro-independence coalition got 72 seats.

President in Exile Possible

​Ousted president Carles Puigdemont may win the presidency again.

Puigdemont will not need the positive vote of the CUP, but simply CUP's abstention.


Carles Puigdemont, speaking in Brussels, where he is evading a Spanish arrest warrant:

"I want to congratulate the Catalan people, because they have sent a message to the world. The Catalan republic has beaten the monarchy and article 155. The Spanish state has been beaten. Mr Rajoy and his allies have lost. They were seeking to legitimise article 155, but they have been beaten."

Marta Rovira of the pro-independence ERC:

The republic “has beaten article 155”. She called on Mariano Rajoy to withdraw the controversial constitutional measure, release the imprisoned pro-independence politicians and sit down at the negotiating table.

Statements from the Guardian Live Report on Catalonia.

Once again, congratulations to the pro-independence movement.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (3)
No. 1-3

Rajoy will doubtless have anticipated this outcome and in any event the pro-independence parties may well govern (should they form the Catalan region government) in a more circumspect manner than Puigdemont chose to do. Accordingly, it may be imprudent for those expecting a sovereign Catalonian state to emerge to presume it will happen soon or at all. As for this nonsense from Puigdemont - "I want to congratulate the Catalan people, because they have sent a message to the world" - does he not know that the world is not listening?


Let is also keep in view that the division of opinion seems very even, with pro-separation parties receiving only a minority of the vote, at c. 48 per cent., and having two fewer parliamentary seats than they won in 2015. (JxC 21.7%, ERC 21.4% and CUP 4.5%.) (Catalunya en Comú-Podem received 7.4% and has refused to position itself as being either pro or anti separation.) Just like the flawed referendum that led to this election, the outcome does not provide a firm basis for proceeding with separation of Catalonia from Spain.


Wake me up when the Catalan separatists actually do something that seriously challenges the power of Madrid. Look how quickly they either fled or were arrested and jailed.

Global Politics