4 October 2018

JxCat refuses to replace the ministers suspended for the 1 October referendum


JxCat spokesman Albert Batet submits a letter to the Bureau of Parliament indicating that the JxCat deputies suspended due to the 1 October case (Carles Puigdemont, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull and Jordi Sànchez) maintain the right they had prior to their suspension to delegate their vote instead of appointing a substitute, just as the suspended ERC deputies (Oriol Junqueras and Raül Romeva) have done. Given the lawyers’ doubts about the validity of this decision, the Bureau did not accept vote delegation and did not commence the final day of the general policy debate, where the parties’ resolution proposals had to be voted on. JxCat and ERC negotiate for hours and finally agree on a formula for vote delegation of the suspended JxCat ministers. The Bureau approves it despite it being rejected by Parliament laywers. Ciudadanos, PSC and PP call for a board of spokespeople to be convened and submit requests for reconsideration to the Bureau. Finally, late into the evening, President of the Parliament Roger Torrent suspended the general policy debate.

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