After the holidays, once everyone has been able to process the results of Thursday’s elections in Catalonia, a long obstacle course of bureaucratic and legal deadlines lies ahead for the new Catalan legislature. When it takes office, it will be the 13th since Spain’s democratic period began.
The 135 new deputies will have to take up their seats within the next 20 working days, as the first session of the new Parliament will have to be held no later than on Jan. 23. Catalan laws state that the outgoing president of the Generalitat should be the one to convene the new Parliament; however, since Carles Puigdemont was dismissed by the Spanish government after the implementation of Article 155, this function will be exercised by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
In the first session, the Bureau of the Catalan chamber will be elected, including the president of the Parliament. This selection will be key, as we examine further below. Recall that all of the members of the Bureau of the last Parliament are under investigation for allowing an “illegal” vote, according to the indictments against them.