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The main Catalan party recognizes problems to apply independence

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Josep Lago – | Oriol Junqueras, leader of ERC and vice-president of the destitute Catalan Government, last October 26th of the Parliament of Catalonia, in Barcelona

The separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña (ERC), favorite in the electoral polls in the region, acknowledged on Monday that the independent republic proclaimed on Friday does not have full capacity to impose itself before the Spanish State, which took control of the region.

“Today our republic does not have all the capacity we would want,” said ERC spokesman Sergi Sabrià, after a meeting of his executive. “Our priority is to consolidate this fragile republic,” he added.

The regional Parliament, dominated by the independence movement since September 2015, proclaimed Friday a separate republic of the Kingdom of Spain, a movement responded to within a few hours from Mariano Rajoy’s central government taking control of the region.

Officially, the Catalan Executive chaired by the independentist Carles Puigdemont is dismissed and the Parliament dissolved pending the holding of regional elections convened by Rajoy for December 21.

These elections place the independentist parties in an uncomfortable situation, hesitant to present themselves by giving them validity or absenting themselves and leaving the non-independentist formations open.

Sabrià said that they are “illegitimate elections”, but showed willingness to attend. “On December 21, we will find a way to participate, whether it is introducing us or not, but on December 21 we will be present,” he said.

According to the polls, ERC, one of the main formations that made up the coalition government of Puigdemont, part as a favorite before regional elections in which the separatists could lose the absolute majority obtained in 2015.

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