Sujit Choudhry, renowned academic in the field of comparative constitutional law, wrote an open letter with three other law experts, Asanga Welikala, Zoran Oklopcic and Robert Howse, regarding the current crisis in Catalonia. Sujit Choudhry and his fellow academicians’ open letter is essentially a plea for dialogue between Mr. Puigdemont, Catalonian President, and Mr. Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain.
President Piedmont went to the extent of postponing Catalonia’s declaration of independence to partake in peaceful and constructive dialogue with Prime Minister Rajoy regarding the Constitutional crisis. However, Rajoy refused to compromise on the issue. On October 1, 2017, Spain employed brutality to prevent Catalonia from holding a referendum regarding its succession from Spain, refer to (Facebook.com).
Using the Spanish Constitution, the Spanish Senate subsequently approved the disbandment of the Catalonia parliament. President Rajoy then proceeded to charge President Puigdemont and his pro-succession allies with sedition, misuse of public funds and rebellion forcing Puigdemont into exile in Berlin and other pro-independence politicians into jail, check (Sujitchoudhry.com).
Spain held another election in Catalonia in hopes of replacing the pro-succession politicians. However, Puigdemont was replaced with pro-independence candidate President Quimm Torra. According to Sujit Choudhry, although Torra was reluctant to discuss Catalonia’s independence, the question still remains. Do the citizens of Catalonia want succession from Spain?
Although the topic of pro-independence was popular on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, it was discovered that 97% of said support derived from bot accounts. Sujit Choudhry and colleagues suggest that a referendum is the most applicable solution to this question, read more info on statuslabs.com.
Additionally, more fuel was added to the fire when Rajoy was replaced as Prime Minister due to a verdict of corruption from the National Criminal Court in Madrid, therefore, leaving Pedro Sanchez as the Prime Minister.
The citizens of both Spain and Catalonia have a significant level of unease due to the various actions that have taken place in their country over the course of the past year or so. Despite the different leadership, Sujit Choudhry’s open letter still applies. The leaders of Spain (Sanchez) and Catalonia (Torra) must engage in dialogue to resolve the issues of the constitutional crisis, click http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award.