Artur Mas will announce this afternoon that it leaves presidency of Catalan Democratic Party (PDeCAT), formation heiress of Democratic Convergència (CDC). The former president of Generalitat has summoned cadres of party to communicate his decision, just six days before sentencing of Palau case is made public. Sources close to PDeCAT have confirmed Mas's decision, which for months had been weighed on leaving presidency.
The expresident leaves symbolic leadership of party just when it is two years of " next step", when he furr desisted in his attempt to repeat as president of Generalitat before pressures of CUP and gave way to Carles Puigdemont. The abandonment of presidency of PDeCAT arrives at a critical time for party, which has seen its identity diluted in candidacy of Junts per Catalunya. Last Monday, Mas criticised Puigdemont's strategy and expressed his preference for a longer legislature.More information
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Sources of party, however, assure that decision of successor of Jordi Pujol is a preventive action before judgement of Palau case. But he came to secure in several interviews that "put his hand on fire" by Andreu Viloca, an extreasurer of CDC. "It is a lie to have exchanged contracts for donations. Never, ever. It would be a lie like a cadral, "he said last February.