New elections for the Catalan Regional Assembly (Generalitat) look to be nearly certain after the anti-system pro-Catalan independence party, CUP, voted on Sunday to refuse to support the investiture of Artur Mas as the leader of the Generalitat. The vote Sun.by members of the political committee of the Popular Unity Candidacy party bash left Catalan politics in a authorities impasse just like one which Spain as a whole entire might shortly face.
The CUP, an anti-capitalist party that opposes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union membership, has consistently refused to back Mas because of his austerity policies of recent years and his faction’s links to corruption scandals.
The CUP, which is known for decrying capitalism and making decisions in marathon assemblies, was thrust into the kingmaker role after a regional election on September 27 that was cast as a referendum on independence.
Both the CUP and Mr. Mas back secession, sharing the view that Spain’s central government drains Catalonia’s revenue through taxes without respecting its distinctive culture.
Catalan separatists on Sunday appeared incapable of forming a government following intractable divisions over the identity of the region’s future president in a move likely to trigger fresh elections.
The members of the parliament have until January 9 to appoint Mas or come up with an alternative candidate. Although Prime Minister’s Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party won the election, it lost its absolute majority, leaving it in the unprecedented situation of having to garner support from other parties to form a minority government.
After the success of Podem, the Catalan version of Podemos, in last month’s general election, the March election could produce a regional government that is radically different from any that has gone before.
Catalonia is a highly industrialised and populous region in Spain’s north-east that accounts for about a fifth of the country’s economic output.
Spain will probably have to go to the polls this spring as well after none of the parties was able to form a majority following the 20 December general election.
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