Junts per Catalunya begins a new phase with the change of the main leaders and, in particular, the transition to the side of its main promoter, former President Carles Puigdemont. Two years after the creation of this new political space in the post-convergence orbit, Puigdemont He is leaving his post, as is his right-hand man, former general secretary Jordi Sanchez.
By agreement between chairman of parliamentLaura Borras and ex-conseller and former political prisoner Jordi Turulle, who was announced at the start of the week, is dropping the possibility of an open confrontation for control of the match. The relay will be officially announced at the next Congress. June 4. But the differences between the two figures and the sectors they represent do not suggest that the turbulence in the direction of the formation, which is still looking for its place in the spectrum of parties after the transformation of the post-convergence space in recent times, will cease. years.
The joint candidacy avoids primaries, which would further split the party.
tandem Turull-Borras it was fabricated after weeks of negotiations and with the uncertainty that it would actually materialize. A priori Turulle, a party leader with many years of experience at the CDC, has majority support in the institutional accusations apparatus, but Borras wins from the bottom and has a lot of popular support. The joint candidacy unites these supporters and avoids primaries that could further split the party, but also raises questions about the line the formation would follow and whether there would be a match between two figures with very different profiles.
Borras, who will become the new chairman of the party, forced this figure to be strengthened in order to share duties with the general secretary. In this way, he managed to overcome the proposal included in the manifesto put forward by the ranks of the turullists who remained in symbolic presidency, normally. This change will entail a change in the bylaws.
In order to sign the agreement, the President of the Parliament also wanted to secure two other conditions: to subject the governmental agreements in the Generalitat – with the ERC – and in the Diputació de Barcelona – with the PSC – to audit and to appoint a secretary to an organization close to it. Will David TorrentMosso d’Escuadra on leave and adviser in Badalona.
It remains to be seen whether the tandem, who will lead the party in June, will be able to reach agreements on the main issues that characterize the current events in Catalonia, such as JxCat’s own role in the government and relations with the government, questions about those that already had differences across opposite sectors which they lead. At this point, just two days after official nominationthe leadership has already decided to permanently distance itself from the agreement due to the change in the Law on Language Policy, one of the issues that has not been resolved by the party and where the Borras sector seems to have prevailed.
Jordi Turulle, from plumber to general secretary
Geordie Turull (Parets del Vallès, 1966) belongs to the pragmatic sector of the party, which includes most of the leaders of the old Convergència. A lifelong member of the party, Turulle entered the government as a minister under the president a few months before 1-0. He had many years of experience in important roles both in the party and in the parliamentary group, in which he was first a representative and then president.
Turullu played a prominent role in the party, in the parliamentary group and in the government.
His work in the formation, not very visible in the media, but great and constant, earned him the right to be considered one of the “plumbers” of the formation, as it is known in political jargon. An activist since 1983 in the old CDC, first as a youth and then in the formation as such, he advocates JxCat board and was personally involved in negotiations to achieve the current coalition with the ERC a year ago.
With a liberal profile, in addition to minister of the presidency, he was the representative of the government of Carles Puigdemont in the last months of the legislature, until the filing of application 155. Until now, he has been one of the four vice-presidents of the party. With his ascension to General Secretary, he regains his presence on the political front lines that was in the background during his imprisonment and subsequent pardon.
In 2017, he first began to gain public prominence due to positions in the government and an attempt to be sworn in as president of the Generalitat after after 155 elections. A step forward that was interrupted by a failed first investment due to the CUP’s controversial refusal to vote yes, and a second that was not taken again due to a jail sentence issued by the Supreme Court the following day, which derailed the runoff. the votes that the president of the Generalitat could give him. Five years later, four of them in prison, Turullus returns to the forefront of politics, making important concessions to the other powerful wing of his party, led by Borras.
Laura Borras, academician at the head of the party
Borras was an advisor and representative of JxCat in Madrid.
Unlike Turulla, Laura Borras (Barcelona, 1970) entered politics in 2017 as an independent and represents a party sector with a one-sided discourse and less in favor of governance. With a degree in Catalan Philology and a PhD in Romance Philology from the University of Barcelona (UB), Borras has mainly devoted himself to education and university research.
In 2013 she was appointed director Institute of Catalan Writing by then Minister of Culture Ferran Mascarelle, a position he held until 2017. At this stage, a case is currently open in the Supreme Court over the alleged split of contracts, and he is awaiting the opening of an oral trial that could cost him the position of President of Parliament, as well as a seat, although the answer that the independence movement will give when the trial begins , is not clear. According to an article in the house’s rules of procedure, a member who is tried for corruption will have to leave his function, but the Junts, ERC and CUP have not yet agreed on what they will do about it.
Borras began a meteoric rise in politics in 2017. He appeared on the JxCat lists in the parliamentary elections as an independent member who was the embryo of the current party. After being elected as an MP, then-President Kim Torra appointed her Minister of Culture, although it was a fleeting mandate (2018-2019). She left him to go to Madrid, where she was a member of Congress and spokesperson for the JxCat group until the day before the start of the 13th Legislative Assembly of Parliament in March 2021.
Since then, she has been President of the House, a position she chose before becoming vice president of the government. As the real candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat in the 14-F elections – Puigdemont was symbolically in first place – Borras was supposed to be vice president, but his reluctance to agree with the ERC and his high visibility at the head of parliament forced him to resign. Inside the party so far he has occupied Secretariat for Rights and Freedoms.
Borras defends more one-sided positions regarding the actions of the party, both in relation to the state and in relation to other formations, including CKD. His constant flirting with defiance has been called into question several times, most recently in connection with the handling of Pau Houville’s case and his removal from office. Borras assured that this would not happen, unlike what his predecessor Roger Torrent had done with Quim Torra’s chair. Some statements that were discredited after the act was effectively withdrawn, despite efforts to create a story in the media that would disprove it.
The difference both in the speeches and in the positions of the two leaders make us foresee a complex tandem, and with the new composition of the party, decisions will be distributed by 50%.
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