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«No habrá referéndum contra el TC» [ .. ] «No provocaremos una crisis institucional» [ .. ] “No queremos recurrir a las elecciones plesbicitarias [ .. ] «Esas elecciones están en un cajón, que no está vacío» [ .. ] «Ese cajón sólo se puede abrir si hay un consenso entre los las formaciones políticas que están a favor de la consulta y en este momento no existe”.
New York Times, 8 / 9 octubre 2014, Catalonia’s Leader Plays Down Talk of Secession Crisis.
The Catalan leader, Artur Mas, says Catalonia remains on track for its scheduled Nov. 9 vote on whether to break from Spain, but he suggested in an interview on Tuesday that he would not push the country to a constitutional crisis by holding the vote if it were deemed illegal.
The remarks provided the first glimmer of willingness by Mr. Mas, a late but staunch convert to secessionism, to ensure that Catalonia would not be responsible for provoking a crisis in Spain.
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For now, Mr. Mas said his Convergence Party had agreed with other pro-secession parties to try “another way” in the coming days to circumvent legal and political opposition from Madrid, though he would not say what Catalonia would do.
After that, he said, “we have a third instrument, which we don’t want to use today, which is elections as a plebiscite” on independence, which would most likely leave the regional Parliament with a more hard-line majority of secessionist lawmakers.
Mr. Mas has previously said that “there is no Plan B” to the scheduled Nov. 9 vote on separation.
Calling a Catalan parliamentary election is only a last alternative, he said in the interview, kept “in a drawer that is closed at the moment, but not empty.” He added, “This drawer can only be opened if there is a consensus among the political formations that are pro-independence — and at this moment there isn’t.” NYT, 8 / 9 octubre 2014. Raphael Minder, Catalonia’s Leader Plays Down Talk of Secession Crisis.
Las negritas son mías.
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