Quim Torra’s Investiture Speech, in 10 sentences [+video]

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Photo: Quim Torra, during the investiture session (Credit: El Diario)

By Neus Tomàs

From El Diario

The candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Quim Torra, stressed in his investiture speech on Saturday, that he wants to hold the position on a provisional basis only, in order to await the investiture of Carles Puigdemont. Torra promised to be faithful to the “mandate of 1-O” [October 1st, 2017, the date of the independence referendum] –  but at the same time showed his willingness to negotiate, without preconditions, with the Government of Mariano Rajoy. Below are the 10 most salient sentences from his speech:

  • “Our president is Carles Puigdemont, we will be loyal to the program set out on October 1st, for the construction of the republic”
  • “We will persist, insist and invest Carles Puigdemont”
  • “Today, in Catalonia, democracy is in peril; we are living in an unimaginable, exceptional situation”
  • “We need a government that expresses our unchanging will to apply the republican mandate emanating from the citizenry”
  • “We will not succeed if we do not show that the Catalan political crisis is also a humanitarian crisis”
  • “We must never forget the violence used by the State in October, and the misuse of public funds to ban an idea”
  • (Addressing Philip VI [King of Spain]) “It turns out, Majesty, that there are political prisoners. Your Majesty, this will not stand.”
  • “Should we have a chat, Mr. Rajoy? We are ready to sit together tomorrow, without pre-conditions. We won’t renounce anything, even the possibility of agreeing with the Government of Spain.”
  • “We will promote a constituent process, a real debate, which involves all citizens, let us design the country in which we want to live, without built-in favouritism, and have the process conclude with the drafting of a Catalan Constitution”
  • “Citizens of Catalonia, do not ever give up defending the freedom of Catalonia, peacefully. And if the State uses force again, it will fail again”

VIDEO of full speech: https://www.elnacional.cat/es/politica/video-discurso-quim-torra_267462_102.html

Original Link: https://www.eldiario.es/catalunya/politica/discurso-investidura-Quim-Torra-frases_0_770623066.html

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