Pere Aragonés meets the government in the face of the crisis with his partner JxCat

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Barcelona (EFE), due to a “loss of confidence” in him.

Aragonès appeared after eleven o’clock this Wednesday from the Gothic gallery of the Palau de la Generalitat, after an extraordinary meeting of the executive of the coalition -formed by ERC and Junts- which lasted just over two hours and a meeting more than three hours later with the general secretary of JxCat, Jordi Turull.

The loss of confidence is due to the fact that last night Puigneró did not inform the President of the Generalitat in advance of the threat of Junts to ask him to submit to a question of confidence, for which Aragonès the dismissed and asked its partners JxCat choose a new name to replace it.

JxCat demands to comply with government agreement

The dismissal of the vice-president is part of the crisis within the Catalan government coalition, which erupted after JxCat’s leader in Parliament, Albert Batet, warned Aragonès on Tuesday that his party would present a question of confidence. if the president did. not give “guarantees” of respect for three points of the government agreement that Junts considers fundamental.

Sources from the Generalitat explained that the fact that the Vice-President of the Government, Jordi Puigneró, knew what Batet was going to say and did not warn Aragonès in advance generated unease in the Republican ranks. They see this as an act of disloyalty to the president by Puigneró, the highest representative of JxCat in the executive.

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès (d), and the vice-president of the government, Jordi Puigneró (i). EFE/Quique Garcia

According to Republican sources, on the other hand, Puigneró was informed in advance of the proposal that Aragonès made yesterday in his speech during the general policy debate. He spoke of a referendum agreed with the state on the basis of a “clarity agreement” like the one approved by Canada to settle the Quebec question.

Perplexity at the Palau de la Generalitat

At the Palau de la Generalitat, they admitted that there was bewilderment at the threat of JxCat, since, according to sources from the presidency, Aragonès responded “favorably” to Batet’s requests to comply with the three points of the governmental agreement that Junts considers essential: the reactivation of a trial staff, unity in Madrid and the negotiation of amnesty and self-determination at the dialogue table.

For Aragonès, according to the sources consulted, “institutional respect is essential and that the Government is one hundred percent ready to face the economic and social situation and to resolve the political conflict”. According to these sources, it is those who speak of “ultimatums” and questions of confidence who must “decide” whether to continue or leave the executive.

Pere Aragonés had suspended his agenda in the face of the crisis

Father Aragonès suspended the agenda of events he had planned for this Wednesday at the first hour of Wednesday morning after his partners in government gave a new twist to the coalition crisis last night.

Aragonès had planned to go to Gurb (Barcelona) in the morning, where together with the Minister of Education, Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray, he was going to participate in the laying of the first stone of the new building of the institute of this municipality, and in the afternoon he was to visit the town hall of Berga (Barcelona).

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