Francesc de Dalmases, the shadow of Laura Borràs

Francesc de Dalmases has resigned as vice president of Junts per Catalunya after the incident he starred in on the TV3 program FAQS and the controversy that the issue aroused, both publicly and within the party.

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25 October 2022 Tuesday 11:32
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Francesc de Dalmases, the shadow of Laura Borràs

Francesc de Dalmases has resigned as vice president of Junts per Catalunya after the incident he starred in on the TV3 program FAQS and the controversy that the issue aroused, both publicly and within the party. The figure of him became relevant for being part of the closest environment of the president Laura Borràs.

Dalmases served as vice-president of Junts since the formation of the new executive agreed by Jordi Turull and Borràs before the summer. In an attempt to stabilize the party, the two leaders, who embody two different sectors, shared the leadership at 50%. Thus, Dalmases, with the utmost confidence of the president of Junts, went on to occupy one of the vice-presidencies. His proximity to Borràs helped him to be in the party's negotiating team for the investiture of Pere Aragonès during the spring of 2021, after the regional elections of 14-F.

Over the last few years, the also deputy has supported the suspended president of Parliament on all fronts and has been her right hand. So much so that when she was the candidate for the general elections he was also on the electoral list. In practice, apart from his responsibilities as a deputy in the Parliament, he has become her closest collaborator, accompanying her in most public appearances and whom Borràs holds in high regard.

In line with the unilateralist postulates of the suspended President of Parliament, Dalmases embodies a hard-line independence movement that persists in applying the "mandate" of October 1 and even claims the unilateral declaration of the 27th. The constant extolment of the figure of Carles Puigdemont and hostility with ERC are other core elements of his political discourse.

Until now, the vice president of Junts is also characterized by defending his opinions without mincing words and by being very active on social networks. After the latest Govern crisis between Junts and Esquerra, the leader of the formation created by Puigdemont openly opted to leave the Catalan Executive, alleging that the Republicans' strategy was "fearful, failed and useless". Another of the aspects in which he has been most determined to defend has been the disassociation of Junts from what was the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC), despite the fact that he was part of the orbit of this party before his entry into politics. active. Once he has been in the institutions, however, he has reneged on the convergent legacy.

Dalmases landed in institutional politics in December 2017. Carles Puigdemont signed him up for the Junts per Catalunya candidacy for the elections called after the application of article 155. There he began to weave a relationship of trust and political affinity with Borràs, the former president of the Generalitat Quim Torra and the former vice-president of the Parliament Josep Costa. In the environment of Borràs, and by extension, of Dalmases, there are also currently other deputies such as Aurora Madaula, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, Cristina Casol and Ester Vallès.

Before his move to active politics, he exercised a fierce pro-independence militancy, committing himself to different projects. One of them was the National Pact for the Referendum, created in 2016. In the 1980s he participated in different Catalan initiatives, among which, the Call for Solidarity in Defense of the Catalan Language, Culture and Nation, where he coincided with Jordi Sànchez, now in Junts, and Carles Riera, from the CUP.

On a professional level, Dalmases was linked to international cooperation organizations and, as a journalist, he also directed the Catalan International View and ONGC magazines. It was as a result of his contribution to the Igman and Catmón foundations that he came out splashed in the only piece that is still open in the Estela case, a macro-case that investigated the granting of subsidies by the Barcelona Provincial Council and that melted away over time. . Last year, the TSJC refused to investigate the deputy, who is registered, after the request of Judge Joaquín Aguirre, because the criminal evidence needed to be further motivated. The judge now has to define what steps to follow with this case. Dalmases has always denied the accusations and has attributed this case to political persecution.

With regard to his journalistic career, he directed the Association of Periodical Publications in Catalan and was on the board of the Ramon Barnils Group of Journalists, from which he was expelled in July after transcending the FAQS episode.

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