CDC vows to back joint pro-indy candidacy even if no politicians run

CDC spokesperson Mercè Conesa remarked that they will avoid making “any public statements prior to the meetings” they are scheduled to hold with the grassroots pro-independence groups

Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) is treading lightly at the start of a week that will be decisive in order to assemble a joint pro-independence candidacy for the upcoming plebiscitary elections of September 27.

After a party leadership meeting on Monday morning, CDC spokesperson Mercè Conesa said that “we will do nothing that gets in the way of the process led by the grassroots groups”. “We believe that it is up to them [the pro-independence grassroots organisations] to come up with an all-embracing proposal”, she added. Conesa also mentioned that her party will avoid making “any public statements” prior to the meetings with the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Òmnium Cultural and the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) (1).

CDC’s spokesperson stated that her party “isn’t setting out any conditions”. “Even if there are no politicians on the list”, she added, this will be the candidacy which CDC will campaign for in the lead-up to September 27. “We are not changing our road map much. The circumstances are changing for the better. This has prompted us to wait and see how we can best complete this project for 27S, making it as comprehensive as possible so that it earns the trust of a majority of Catalans”, she noted.

Conesa announced that CDC will hold a meeting of their National Council in July to decide whether they endorse the candidacy as proposed by the pro-independence groups. She also stated that these will be granted full access to the conclusions of CDC’s “Welcome to the future” campaign, so that they can put together a joint manifesto.


(1) N.T. The ANC (Catalan National Assembly) and Òmnium Cultural are the main grassroots, non-partisan, pro-independence groups behind the September 11 demonstrations in Catalonia. The AMI is an association of local councils that support independence.

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