Puigdemont asks Rajoy to hold a binding referendum in Catalonia

21.04.2016 - 16:13

CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The last time Rajoy met a Catalan President was in 2014, when Artur Mas visited him in Madrid

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has insisted on his commitment to “Catalonia’s roadmap towards independence” as it is “the majoritarian will of the Catalan Parliament”. He made this statement after meeting for the first time since he took office with current Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy. Puigdemont also called for “at least” holding a “binding referendum” in Catalonia, as it is amongst democrats’ obligations “to find ways of negotiation and dialogue” in order to respond to the “democratic aspirations of the majority of the citizens”.

However, he denied seeing any sight nor possibility of reaching an agreement with the Spanish President on this matter. The Catalan President also expressed to Rajoy his disconformity regarding the “judicialisation of politics” which has led to the suspension of many laws promoted by the Catalan government and to the summonsing of several public figures, including former Catalan President Artur Mas.

Puigdemont admitted to being “sceptic” regarding any agreements which could be reached after meeting with Rajoy this Wednesday and confirmed the current Spanish President’s refusal to dialogue over the possibility of holding a referendum in Catalonia. “I’ve insisted on the Government’s commitment and that of the majority of the Parliament regarding Catalonia’s roadmap towards independence”, he stated in a press conference right after the meeting. “I’ve made a commitment and I will definitely carry it out, because it is the mandate which made me President”, insisted Puigdemont.

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