Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull were elected, while they are currently in full trial. Five Catalan separatists, currently detained and tried in Madrid for their role in Catalonia’s attempt to secede in 2017, were elected deputies on Sunday (April 28th) in the Spanish elections won by the Socialists.
Among them is the former vice-president of this northeastern region, Oriol Junqueras, the main defendant of the trial that began on February 12, against which the prosecution has required 25 years in prison.
Junqueras was elected deputy leader of the Republican Left Party of Catalonia (ERC) while Raul Romeva, former regional head of foreign affairs, was elected senator under the same label.
Three other separatist detainees were elected: Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull, members of the other independentist party, Together for Catalonia, former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who fled to Belgium to escape prosecution of Justice.
Catalan separatist parties have gained ground, winning 22 of the 350 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, and could play a key role in the dealings for the constitution of a future majority while the Socialist Pedro Sanchez won the elections without however obtain absolute majority.
The right and the extreme right have made a very aggressive campaign accusing Pedro Sanchez of being a “traitor” for coming to power partly thanks to the voices of the Catalan separatists and for trying to dialogue with them.
Pedro Sanchez will be able to count on the support of Podemos, which wins 42 seats, against 67 in 2016, but should need the support of regionalist parties and therefore, a priori, Catalan separatists. But the socialist would prefer to avoid needing the latter again, who forced him to convene these early elections by refusing to vote his budget.