Opposition party leaders slam PM Pedro Sanchez over meeting with Catalan president Quim Torra

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SLAMMED: Casado and Rivera were critical of Sanchez’s meeting with Torra. CREDIT: Pedro Sanchez, via Twitter, Wikimedia Commons.

THE leaders of two of Spain’s main opposition parties have hit out at the Prime Minister after he hosted Cataluña’s pro-independence president in Madrid, with one branding it treasonous.

Pablo Casado, leader of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had negotiated the “rupture” of Spain while meeting with Quim Torra on Thursday.

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Sanchez and Torra both agreed to move forwards greater self-rule for Cataluña. Many continue to support independence for the region more than one year after 2017’s referendum and declaration.

“Sanchez negotiated the rupture of national sovereignty, which is an act of treason against Spain,” Casado said.


Albert Rivera, of the centrist Ciudadanos, said Torra and pro-independence supporters had “kidnapped” Cataluña.

“Sanchez has an obligation to apply Article 155 of the Constitution to protect the citizens of Cataluña,” Rivera said.

Article 155 is the constitutional mechanism that was used to impose direct rule on Cataluña from Madrid following last year’s failed independence push.

Sanchez said following his meeting with Torra that Madrid was committed to finding a solution for Cataluña based on dialogue.

A joint statement issued by both Sanchez and Torra said both would seeking a solution to the situation in the region that had broad support from Catalans.

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the leftist Podemos which works closely with the ruling left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE), said the meeting was part of “much needed” dialogue.

“We are proud to have helped in bringing about conversations as opposed to confrontational monologues,” Iglesias said.



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