he 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.
Catalan Parliament 1st session 2015

Catalan Parliament’s 1st session 2015 (Rosa Alentorn)

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”.