In a fresh move for breaking away from Spain, pro-independence leaders in the northeastern region of Catalonia have presented a joint election list for the upcoming regional polls in September.
The leader of the ruling Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) party,Artur Mas,opposition left party leader Oriol Junqueras, and the leader of the independent list of candidates, Raul Romeva, along with several other prominent leaders announced this earlier in the week.
The Catalan general elections are set to be held on September 27, a Press TV correspondent in Barcelona, Spain, has reported.
“We are ready to do it, and to do it well. We have been working for months, and in fact, for years. We have gathered the will, and we have come out of our comfort zones, we are united and decided, and we will have a unity government,” said Artur Mas, the president of Catalonia.
Leaders of the region want it to ultimately secede from Spain in a referendum.
The Spanish governmenthinted earlier this month at the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy if a separation process were to get underway.
Last week, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that “there will be no independence for Catalonia.”
However, pro-independence leaders have also threatened to declare unilateral independence from Spain if Madrid torpedoes a secession process they hope to launch in September’s regional elections.
Catalans cite high unemployment and public debt as the main reasons for the decision to secede from Spain.
Catalonia consists of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The region accounts for one-fifth of Spain’s economic output.
On September 29, 2014, Spain’s constitutional court suspended Catalonia’s referendum on independence after a request from the prime minister.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Barcelona the next day, vowing to disobey Spain’s blocking of Catalonia’s independence referendum.