Junts pel Sí is a candidacy formed by Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and other parties that won the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia of September 27th 2015 by standing on a pro-independence ticket.
The coalition currently has 62 seats in the Catalan Parliament.
JxSí - Junts pel Sí
Spokesperson: Raul Romeva
In the middle of July 2015, the negotiations between CDC and ERC and the pro-independence organisations ANC and Òmnium led to an agreement that the two parties would stand together as a single pro-independence candidacy for the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia to be held on September 27th.
It was agreed that the first three places in the list would be occupied by independent candidates, the leaders of CDC and ERC, Artur Mas and Oriol Junqueras, would occupy positions four and five respectively followed by two more independent candidates.
From position number eight in the list, the places would be occupied by members of Convergència and Esquerra with a proportion of 60% to 40% as well as by members of Deomòcrates de Catalunya, who had broken away from UDC, and Moviment d'Esquerres, who had broken away from PSC. The Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) was also invited to join the coalition but preferred to stand separately.
The agreement also included that CDC would propose the President of the Generalitat, which meant that Artur Mas would remain in the post, whilst Esquerra would propose the Vice-President and President of the Parliament.
Junts pel Sí made its first public presentation on July 20th 2015 at the Museu d'Història de Catalunya with the first five places in the list occupied by Raul Romeva, Carme Forcadell, Muriel Casals, Artur Mas and Oriol Junqueras.
Over the next few days, more names were confirmed, such as Eduardo Reyes of Súmate at number six for Barcelona, Germà Bel as number one for Tarragona and singer Lluís Llach at number one for Girona.
Artur Mas signed the degree calling the elections on August 3rd and Junts pel Sí presented its logo and the social media campaign began.
In the last week of August, coinciding with the confirmation of the last names of the list, the electoral campaign began with events in Tarragona and Girona.
On August 28th, the main presentation in Barcelona was held on Passeig Lluís Companys with the presence of all the candidates along with the pro-independence organisations and the event was attended by 40,000 people.
The campaign slogan was El vot de la teva vida (The vote of your life) and bearing in mind that pro-independence supporters were highly motivated, the main focus was to convince undecided voters.
For this reason, much of the campaign centred on the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the main event was held at La Farga in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and the final event, attended by 80,000 people, was held on Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina at the foot of Montjuïc.
With 1.6 million votes, Junts pel Sí won 62 out of 135 seats in the Parliament of Catalonia, which although a clear victory didn't not give them the absolute majority necessary to be able to govern without the support of another party such as the CUP.
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