Condemning monarchy in the wake of abrupt departure abroad by Spain’s King, Catalan parliament passes non-binding motion

Condemning the monarchy in the wake of the abrupt departure abroad by Spain’s former King Juan Carlos amid a number of scandals, Catalonia’s regional parliament on August 7 passed a non-binding motion against the Spanish monarchy.

The proposal “Catalonia is a republic and does not want a king” was passed with a majority of 69 votes in favour while 65 being against it. The motion that criticized the decision of Juan Carlos to go into exile, was backed by three separatist parties that hold a majority of seats in the parliament. The separatists do not recognise King Felipe VI, the serving monarch.

Four days ago, Spain’s royal palace had said that the former monarch had decided to leave the country. “What authority will we have to enforce the rules against corruption if we accept a royal family that escapes when they are investigated after taking millions and millions of Euros in terrible business commissions?” said Catalan leader Quim Torra.

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