22nd September 2021
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Albert Rivera offers to enable PSOE government if pardon for Catalan leaders is ruled out

As Spain braces for another snap election after months of fruitless negotiations, the Ciudadanos (Cs) has made a surprise proposal to prevent fresh polls: enabling a Socialist (PSOE) government if Pedro Sánchez rules out using his presidential powers to pardon the Catalan leaders awaiting verdict in the independence referendum trial.

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Albert Rivera, leader of Ciudadanos (Cs), tweeted a picture of himself in May 2019 giving a cold stare at the jailed Catalan MPs in Congress (Twitter / @Albert_Rivera)

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Cs leader Albert Rivera called on the People’s Party (PP), the other major right-wing party in the Spanish Congress, to facilitate Sánchez’s presidency as a ‘state solution’ – a double-edged proposal that could either save Spain from another election, or present Rivera as a statesman in the upcoming election campaign if the offer is rejected.

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Sánchez appeared to welcome Rivera’s proposal later on Monday, implicitly accepting the conditions by saying that ‘there are no real obstacles for Cs and PP to abstain’.

Rivera, an implacable detractor of the independence movement, has repeatedly warned against Sánchez using his presidential powers to pardon Catalan politicians and activists on trial for their role in the 2017 independence bid.

Catalan president Quim Torra called Rivera’s proposal ‘shameful’. He also dismissed Sánchez’s response as ‘obscene’.

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