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Spain: Junts pel Si's Raul Romeva calls for dialogue with Madrid02:36

Spain: Junts pel Si's Raul Romeva calls for dialogue with Madrid

Spain, Barcelona
September 28, 2015 at 00:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Raul Romeva and Artur Mas, leaders of the pro-independence coalition, Junts pel Si (Together for the Yes), spoke about its victory in Barcelona, a day after Catalan regional elections, Monday. During his speech, Romeva has said that "the people have spoken peacefully and democratically" through the polls, and now what they need according to him is "someone on the other side (of Spain's government) to pick up the phone to call us or meet us on their office." He also highlighted the high participation, around 77 per cent of the population of Catalonia, and added that "this change of the people's attitude demands dialogue."

As for Artur Mas, he stated that now "is not about how many people went to a demonstration or took to the streets," but "how many have gone to vote with a clear idea in favour of Catalonia having an independent state."

The coalition Junts pel Si, which presented its candidacy with the promise of pursuing independence from Spain within the next 18 months after a potential electoral victory, obtained 62 seats at the Catalan Parliament and remained six seats far from the absolute majority. However, another pro-independence party - Candidacy of Popular Unit (CUP) - obtained 10 seats and will presumably meet an agreement with the coalition to enable governance.

Although Junts pel Si wants Artur Mas as Catalonian President, he could be left aside in order to obtain CUP's support in the parliament that would allow them to set up a stable government to start an eventual independence process.

Spain: Junts pel Si's Raul Romeva calls for dialogue with Madrid02:36
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Raul Romeva and Artur Mas, leaders of the pro-independence coalition, Junts pel Si (Together for the Yes), spoke about its victory in Barcelona, a day after Catalan regional elections, Monday. During his speech, Romeva has said that "the people have spoken peacefully and democratically" through the polls, and now what they need according to him is "someone on the other side (of Spain's government) to pick up the phone to call us or meet us on their office." He also highlighted the high participation, around 77 per cent of the population of Catalonia, and added that "this change of the people's attitude demands dialogue."

As for Artur Mas, he stated that now "is not about how many people went to a demonstration or took to the streets," but "how many have gone to vote with a clear idea in favour of Catalonia having an independent state."

The coalition Junts pel Si, which presented its candidacy with the promise of pursuing independence from Spain within the next 18 months after a potential electoral victory, obtained 62 seats at the Catalan Parliament and remained six seats far from the absolute majority. However, another pro-independence party - Candidacy of Popular Unit (CUP) - obtained 10 seats and will presumably meet an agreement with the coalition to enable governance.

Although Junts pel Si wants Artur Mas as Catalonian President, he could be left aside in order to obtain CUP's support in the parliament that would allow them to set up a stable government to start an eventual independence process.