The Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, number three of the party, Santos Cerdanmade a new attempt this morning at Brussels to close now with the fugitive Carles Puigdemont the agreement that guarantees Pedro Sánchez the necessary votes to be invested again as President of the Government. His purpose, for the moment, is shipwrecked. The meeting between the two began at 9:30 a.m. and, according to Europa Press, ended without success, shortly after 12:00 p.m.
In Madrid, socialist sources however consider that it is a recess, a slump, in the negotiation and that it remains open. Sumar also adds that in these “last stages” there is actually no “unaffordable” demand on the table and that what is actually hindering the final agreement is the “struggle between ERC and Junts.” These sources insist that “partisanship is now the biggest risk on the table.”
The leader of Junts yesterday stopped at the last minute the possibilities that seemed imminent of an agreement when his negotiation with the socialists stumbled on a couple of points of the amnesty law that Sánchez offers them in exchange for their support. Puigdemont considers that this legal text does not reflect all his aspirations nor does it protect all the people his training requires. In this sense, everything indicates that the points of friction would center on the sections of article 3 of the law in which the scope to which the erasure of crimes committed within the framework of the law would be applied. process from the beginning of 2013 to the present.
Sumar points out, however, that the obstacles do not revolve around specific names that could fall under the umbrella of the amnesty, in obvious reference to people like Laura Borràs, president of Junts convicted by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). ) to four and a half years in prison and 13 years of disqualification – the Court itself, however, proposed a partial pardon to avoid his entry into prison – for his management at the head of the Institution of Catalan Letters between 2013 and 2018.
Cerdán has been in the community capital since Wednesday negotiating with Puigdemont who is currently pulling the strings of Sánchez’s investiture. The socialist leader will not be able to appear in Congress to request the confidence of the Chamber until he has secured the seven essential votes of Junts and these, for the moment, are resisting him.