Politics 22/05/2021

From being the candidate with the fewest votes in history to standing on the investiture podium

Pere Aragonès becomes the 132nd president with 74 votes in favour

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The candidate of ERC to the presidency of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, this Friday at the beginning of the plenary session

BarcelonaIt has taken him three votes, but finally Pere Aragonès has been invested as 132nd president president of the Generalitat with 74 votes in favour. A figure that places him directly on the podium of the presidents with more parliamentary support. Not even two months ago, the ERC candidate beat the record in reverse: he became the presidential candidate with the fewest votes in favour in history, 42.

With 74 votes - those of ERC, JxCat and the CUP - Aragonès equals the investiture of Pasqual Maragall, who in 2003 had the support of the PSC, ERC and ICV-EUiA to form the first tripartite. They will share, therefore, the third position on the podium, because the first two positions are reserved for Jordi Pujol. In 1980, in the restitution of the Generalitat, the then CiU candidate presented himself for investiture with 43 guaranteed votes (one more than Aragonès in the debates of 26 and 30 March) and the need to add complicity to become president. He did not get it at the first time, but he got it at the second: 75 votes in favour, thanks to ERC and Centristes de Catalunya-UCD.

The first position of this ranking that does not guarantee anything more than access to the Plaça de Sant Jaume (governability will depend on the fulfilment of the signed agreements) was also won by Pujol with the investiture of the second elections he won. In 1984, CiU obtained its first absolute majority with 72 MPs and, although it did not need it, it convinced the 11 MPs of the PP and 4 of the 5 that ERC had to overcome the debate with 87 votes in favour.

The least voted

At the bottom of the ranking, Aragonès, who has already recovered from the two failed votes, leads with 42 votes, ahead of Pujol with 43 votes in the first round in 1980 and also Pujol with 60 votes after the 1995 elections (he was invested in the second round thanks to the PP's abstention). Both, however, ended up being invested later. The same did not happen with the one who follows them in fourth position: Artur Mas was unable to convince the 10 MPs of the CUP in 2015 and with 62 votes in favour and 73 against, he failed on both occasions.