The former leader of the Catalan Assembly Carme Forcadell was elected today as the new President of the Catalonian Parliament. The first session of the new Parliament of Catalonia (Catalonian institutions of self-government date from the Middle-Ages) took place today in Barcelona. Forcadell was elected by 77 votes in favour (out of 135, with 57 blank votes), 5 more than the strict pro-independence Junts Pel Sí and the CUP parties.
During her emotive speech, Forcadell quoted Gandhi as well as Abraham Lincoln. “As Lincoln said, Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. We must not be slaves of the past, but rather creators of the future. This is the legislature of the Catalan Republic. Let’s start now to walk towards the Constitutional process”.