The former Minister for Cabinet Office, Jordi Turull
Jordi Turull i Negre, was born in Parets del Vallès. With a degree in law, he joined the Nationalist Youth of Catalonia in 1983 and Convergència Democràtica (CDC) in 1987. He was a councillor in the City Council of Parets del Vallès betweenn 1987 and 2003, and headed the Convergència i Unió (CiU) list in the municipal elections of 1991, 1995 and 1999.
Member of the Catalan Parliament since 2004, in 2010 he became CiU’s spokesperson in the Chamber and in March 2013 he was appointed as group president. After the 2015 elections to the Parliament of Catalonia, he was elected president of ‘Junts pel Sí’ (‘Together for Yes’) alliance, set to call a pro-independence referendum in Catalonia.
He held the position until the 14th of July 2017, when President Carles Puigdemont chose him as Catalan Minister for for Presidency and Government spokesman.
On the 27th of October, after the Parliament of Catalonia declared independence following the 1st of October pro-independence referendum results, Spain’s executive dismissed Puigdmemont’s entire government, including Jordi Turull.
On the 2nd of November he was imprisoned charged with rebellion and embezzlement. A month later, he was released on bail after his case passed to the Supreme Court and he took active part in the 21st of December Catalan Elections, called by the Spanish Government in application of direct rule. Turull was on ‘Junts Per Catalunya’ (‘Together for Catalonia’) cross-party list, topped by Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, forced to exile. ‘Junts per Catalunya’ won the election. After the failed attempts to propose Carles Puigdemont, in exili, or Jordi Sànchez, in jail, for the presidency, on March 21, 2018, Turull was proposed for president. The investiture took place on the 22nd of March 22, 2018, and the MPs rejected Turull’s candidacy for president of the Generalitat with 65 votes against, 64 in favour and 4 abstentions.
One day later, the magistrate of the Spanish High Court sent him back to prison, together with the former president of Parliament Carme Forcadell and the ministers Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa. Llarena argued for unconditional provisional bail after considering that was a risk of flight and reiteration of the crimes for which they were prosecuted. He has been expecting trial since then.