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Social Democratic Speaker in the Spanish Congress

Social Democratic Speaker in the Spanish Congress

Spanish congressmen met on Thursday for the first time since parliamentary elections in July to elect a president and vice-presidents.

And Francina Armengol, the candidate for the presidency of the Social Democratic Socialist Party, received 178 votes out of 350 votes cast.

Among those who voted for the Catalan Independence Party were the ERC and Junts per Catalunya.

negotiations in the morning

Until the last minute, it was not certain whether the party of the Catalan kingmaker Yuntes would vote for the RSP’s candidate as president.

But on Thursday morning, after hours of negotiations, the party’s general secretary, Jordi Turol, announced that an agreement had been reached on three points out of four.

The points concern the use of the Catalan language in parliament, the investigation into espionage against Catalan leaders and “ending repression” in the aftermath of Catalonia’s illegal 2017 independence referendum – a reference to the amnesty demanded by Jontes for Catalan leaders convicted of sedition. El Pais reports.

The ERC, the left-wing Independence Party of Catalonia, also announced on Thursday morning that an agreement had been reached with the Socialist Socialist Party.

On Monday it became clear that the PSOE’s candidate would be Francina Armingol, the former regional president of the Balearic Islands.

In the Balearic Islands, which include Majorca and Menorca, she ruled together with pro-Catalan regional parties, which should have been seen as positive by both Gantz and the ERC.

The left-wing Soumar coalition, which will form part of the SWP government, the Basque nationalist party EH Beldo and the PNV and the Galician nationalist party BNG also voted for Armangol as president.

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Who will be the prime minister?

The vote on the premiership will take place later in August or early September, reports AFP.

However, the Catalan parties have been clear that they will not necessarily vote PSG leader Pedro Sánchez as prime minister.

Junts still has several demands, including a legal referendum on Catalan independence, and negotiations are expected to be difficult. This means that new elections are still very possible.

For the formation of a government in Spain to be possible, a simple majority in Congress is required. This is how the 350 states were distributed:

• The Conservative Popular Party: 136

• PSOE: 122. Social Democratic Party

• Far right Fox: 33

• Vänsteraliansen Sumar: 31

• ERC (left): 7

• The Catalan Independence Party, Junts per Catalunya (bourgeois): 7

• Basque Independence Party EH Bildu (left): 6

• Basque Nationalist Party PNV (centre): 5

• BNG Galician National Party (left): 1

CC Canary National Platform: 1

• Civic party in Navarre UPN: 1

Source: Europa Press