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Decision to block candidature of Arnaldo Otegi undermines democracy - Adams

8 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, following the announcement of a decision by the Spanish Constitutional Court to disqualify the Secretary General of Sortu Arnaldo Otegi from seeking election to the Basque Parliament in upcoming elections in the Basque Country, has  said the decision is “unhelpful and undermines democracy”.

Teachta Adams said:

“I am disappointed to learn that the Spanish Constitutional Court has chosen to uphold a decision by the election commission to deny Arnaldo Otegi the right to seek office in elections taking place later this month in the Basque County. It’s an unhelpful decision that undermines democracy and the Basque peace process.  

“Since the 1990s, Arnaldo has been acknowledged as the leader of the Basque pro-independence political movement, and is also undisputedly the leader of the Basque peace process. He has faced unrelenting political persecution by Spanish authorities, and this latest decision is just another example of that treatment.

“I want to extend the continued solidarity of Sinn Féin to Arnaldo and offer him our full support in his efforts to develop the Basque peace process, which the Spanish government have failed to engage with thus far.”

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