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Catalan separatism in disarray after ruling coalition split


Barcelona, ​​Spain — Catalonia’s separatist movement has suffered its biggest rift since becoming the main political force in northeastern Spain in the past decade after the junior member of its ruling coalition abandoned the government of the region.

The Together for Catalonia party announced on Friday that it was leaving the Barcelona government led by regional president Pere Aragonès from the Republican Left of Catalonia coalition member. The move came a week after his leading member of the Catalan cabinet was sacked by Aragonès.

The official break ends a partnership that has existed between the two main pro-secession parties since they joined forces for a regional election in 2015. They had a common goal of strengthening the separatists’ grip on power in the rich region, where many residents feel different from the rest of the Spaniards.

“If we talk about winners or losers, Together for Catalonia wins and Pere Aragonès loses. He loses because he thought he could lead a coalition government, and today it is proven that is not true,” said Together for Catalonia Secretary General Laura Borras. “As of today, we join the opposition…we don’t want to be part of a government that is not moving towards independence.”

Aragonès, who came to power last year, said his party would always rule in the minority. Yet the political divorce deals a blow to the region’s separatist push, which is struggling to find its way five years after its failed 2017 secession attempt that landed several of its leaders in jail or on the run in Europe.

ABC News

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