The PSC candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat, Salvador Illa, has announced that he will run for the investiture to make the “change” effective in Catalonia, after the Socialists have won in votes and tied in seats (33) with ERC . “Change has come to Catalonia to stay and today’s victory It is a great step forward but it is only the first, “said the former minister from the headquarters of the PSC, where he followed the scrutiny accompanied by several socialist leaders, among whom the minister Miquel Iceta, ideologist of the so-called ‘Illa effect’.
The leader of the PSC was the one who, seeing that he did not take off in the polls, suggested to the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, that the then Minister of Health replace him as head of the list at 14F, a decision that was made public on the eve of the end of year, three days after Araceli Hidalgo became the first Spanish to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
And the revulsive worked: with 98% scrutinized, the Socialists advance by more than 45,000 votes to ERC, with whom they tie 33 deputies, ahead of Junts who remains with 32. It is not the first time that the PSC has won in votes but it does not get that advantage to be reflected in the number of seats obtained once the electoral law is applied: in 1999 and 2003, Pasqual Maragall won in votes but won fewer seats than Jordi Pujol (CiU).
The difference, in Illa’s case, is that no one has overtaken him in number of seats. “We have once again been the first party in Catalonia,” exclaimed Iceta, who appeared alongside the candidate. For Illa, the high number of votes received shows that there is a significant bulk of Catalans who want to “write a new page” in the history of Catalonia, based on dialogue and reunion”.
In this sense, Iceta has defended that “the victory of Salvador Illa underlines the success of the political orientation of the PSC throughout these years and validates the commitment to dialogue and the reunion made by Pedro Sánchez.” With these results, the PSC definitely leaves behind the crisis that it baptized as its “crossing the desert” That began when they lost the Government in 2010 and worsened with the emergence of the procés, which led them to hit rock bottom in 2015, when they were left with only 16 seats.
“We have once again been the first party in Catalonia”
In 2017, in the elections called by article 155 of the Constitution, they only managed to go up to 17 seats and saw the so-called “Red belt” Metropolitan was dyed the orange of Citizens. Many of those fiefdoms have already been recovered in the 2019 electoral cycle, and this February 14 they have confirmed their hegemony in large cities where they hold the mayor’s office such as L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Badalona and Sabadell.
The PSC has also prevailed in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, where it had not won an election since 2009. “Catalonia has returned, the same as always, the one that never left”, Illa has resolved, who has dedicated his victory to the mountaineer and former mayor Socialist Sergi Mingote, who died on January 16 in an accident during an expedition on K2.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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