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Catalonia’s illegal election

Yesterday’s illegal election in Catalonia parts its residents and is considered by some as a success and by others as a farce.

Artur Mas

The president of Catalonia Artur Mas.
Foto: Wikimedia

Catalonia’s regional president Artur Mas considers the result as a total success because he sees the election results as a mandate for the Catalans to govern themselves. The Minister of Justice in Spain, Rafael Catala, denotes the election as meaningless and useless. The Spanish government considers the elections as “political propaganda” without democratic validity.

Those who attended the election had to answer a question which consisted of two parts:
1: Do you want Catalonia to become a state?
2: If yes: Do you want this state to be independent.

According to the latest counts, when 96.8% of the votes were counted 80.76% answered yes to those two questions, and 10.9% have voted yes on that Catalonia should be a state, but no to independence from Spain. 4,54% voted no to both questions. But since the opponents of catalan independence has officially gone out with a request of total boycott of the vote, the figures should be seen in relation to the low turnout – only about 33% of population have participated in the election.

The Catalan President Artur Mas is expected to consult with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during the day to try and move forward with a proper Catalan referendum. The Constitution prohibits such a referendum today. According to the law, a referendum must include the whole of Spain, which Artur Mas well knows would brings benefit to any form of separatism.