OP­POS­ING LEAD­ERS

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PRO IN­DE­PEN­DENCE Car­les Puigde­mont, 55

Jour­nal­ist who founded the Cata­lan News Agency and the English-lan­guage pa­per

Cat­alo­nia To­day, be­fore be­ing elected as an MP for the main­stream na­tion­al­ist party Con­vergèn­cia i Uniò in 2006. Elected mayor of Girona in 2011 and then ap­pointed as suc­ces­sor to Ar­tur Mas as Cata­lan pres­i­dent in 2016. A passionate ad­vo­cate of in­de­pen­dence since his teens, he speaks ex­cel­lent French as well as English and Ro­ma­nian.

Oriol Jun­queras, 48

Leader of left­ist na­tion­al­ist Es­querra Repub­li­cana de Catalunya and Cata­lan vi­cepres­i­dent in coali­tion with Puigde­mont’s PdeCat party and the an­t­i­cap­i­tal­ist CUP. Ed­u­cated in the Ital­ian school in Barcelona be­fore study­ing mod­ern his­tory at univer­sity. Elected mayor of Sant Vi­cenç dels Horts near Barcelona in 2011. Af­fa­ble and wily, he is seen by many as more po­lit­i­cally as­tute than Puigde­mont. He is also as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary his­tory at Barcelona’s Univer­si­tat Autònoma.

AGAINST Ada Co­lau, 43

Elected mayor of Barcelona in May 2015 as leader of Barcelona en Comú, a so­cial is­sue plat­form. Stud­ied phi­los­o­phy at univer­sity but dropped out to be­come a so­cial ac­tivist. She had a brief stint as a TV ac­tor but is best known as a hous­ing ac­tivist and founder of a group ded­i­cated to pre­vent­ing evic­tions pro­voked by Spain’s eco­nomic cri­sis. She is op­posed to in­de­pen­dence but has called for a legally bind­ing ref­er­en­dum. Her pop­u­lar­ity with the pub­lic is not re­flected by the Cata­lan me­dia.

Xavier Domènech, 43

Leader of Catalunya en Comú. Born of an­ar­chist par­ents, he is a so­cial his­to­rian, and pro­fes­so­rial in man­ner. As a mem­ber of the Indig­nado move­ment in 2012, he met Pablo Igle­sias Tur­rión, now leader of Pode­mos. He was elected to the Span­ish par­lia­ment as a Pode­mos can­di­date in 2016. Al­though not pro-in­de­pen­dence, he leads a party in which 20% of mem­bers are se­ces­sion­ists.

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