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Junts pel Sí (IPA: [ˈʒuns pəl ˈsi]; English: Together for Yes; JxSí)[1] was a Catalan political alliance and parliamentary group focused on achieving the independence of Catalonia from Spain. First standing in the 2015 Catalan regional election, it was composed of the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC), the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Democrats of Catalonia (DC) and the Left Movement (MES).[2] The Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) had been invited to participate in the alliance, but refused to do so and ran on its own instead.

Junts pel Sí
AbbreviationJxSí
LeaderRaül Romeva, Carme Forcadell, Muriel Casals, Artur Mas, Oriol Junqueras
Founded20 July 2015
Dissolved7 November 2017
Merger ofCDC/PDeCAT
ERC
DC
MES
Independents
IdeologyCatalan independence
Catalan nationalism
Political positionBig tent
ColorsVarious
     Teal (customary)
Website
www.juntspelsi.cat

The coalition was led by Raül Romeva, PhD in international relations and former eco-socialist MEP; Carme Forcadell, a linguist and former president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC); Muriel Casals, economist and former president of Òmnium Cultural; President of the Generalitat of Catalonia and CDC leader Artur Mas and ERC leader Oriol Junqueras.

It formed a minority government since the 2015 election with confidence and supply support from the CUP, it was responsible for organising the 2017 Catalan independence referendum. On 4 November 2017, ERC chose not to rejoin JxSí ahead of the 2017 Catalan regional election.[3]

HistoryEdit

Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Democrats of Catalonia (DC) and Left Movement (MES) agreed by mid-July 2015 to run together under the Junts pel Sí (English: Together for Yes) joint separatist list, with support from the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Òmnium Cultural and the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI).[4] Artur Mas was appointed as JxSí presidential candidate, even though he would be placed in fourth place in the electoral ticket as a result of balance of power negotiations between ERC and CDC.[5] Instead, the first three positions in the list were to be filled by three independent figures: Raül Romeva, a former European MP for Initiative for Catalonia Greens who had left the party for not supporting independence; Carme Forcadell, former ANC president; and Muriel Casals, Òmnium chairwoman. Oriol Junqueras would follow after Mas, in fifth place.[6][7]

The coalition was thus scheduled to comprise the ruling centre-right CDC; its supporting centre-left partner in Parliament, ERC; as well as DC and MES, pro-independence splits from Democratic Union of Catalonia (UDC) and the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), respectively; as well as members from separatist sectors of the civil society.[8] The Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), which had also participated in the negotiations to form the unitary list, eventually refused on the grounds that "it was formed by politicians"—in reference to CDC and ERC's strong presence in the coalition's lists—and decided to run separately.[9]

MembersEdit

Electoral performanceEdit

Parliament of CataloniaEdit

Parliament of Catalonia
Election Vote % Seats Status Leader
2015 1,628,714 (#1) 39.59
62 / 135
Government Artur Mas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes): "We are all in, we've reached the end of the line"". Ara. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ ""If the majority is there, the Catalan Parliament will solemnly declare the start of the independence process", states Romeva". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "ERC descarta reeditar la coalición 'Junts Pel Sí' en las elecciones del 21-D". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 4 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Rull y Junqueras anuncian un principio de acuerdo Convergència-ERC sobre la lista unitaria". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). 18 June 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  5. ^ "El Govern y ERC desautorizan a Romeva para blindar a Mas". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). 24 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ "El Consell Nacional de ERC ratifica la lista unitaria con CDC por asentimiento". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Raül Romeva, Forcadell y Casals encabezarán la lista de Mas del 27-S". El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Mas doblega a ERC y el 27-S liderará la lista independentista". El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ "David Fernández: "La última propuesta imposibilitaba cualquier acuerdo" por la lista unitaria". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 14 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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