Sujit Choudhry is a professor at The University of California, Berkeley. Chouhdhry is known for his views on politics and comparative constitutional law. Choudhry has been an advisor for leaders in Yemen, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Libya, and Ukraine
Recently, Sujit Choudhry teamed up with other constitutional law scholars to write a letter to the Catalan and Spanish governments concerning ongoing the Catalonia crisis. Choudhry hopes that both governments will sit down and discuss their issues.
Choudhry wants Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont to show that he is committed to seceding from Spain. he advises President Puigdemont to draft a referendum that outlines the desires of the Catalan people. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should recognize that the Catalonian people want to secede. Choudhry hopes that both sides can reach a settlement that recognizes the views of both governments.
Choudhry feels that The European Union would be compromised if the Spanish and Catalonian governments do not reach an agreement. Choudhry also believes that the Catalonian people have expressed some doubt about declaring their independence. President Puigdemont should recognize the thoughts of those people. Choudhry recognizes that the Spanish government tried to stop voters from turning out to the election.
Choudhry is concerned about Prime Minister Rajoy’s violent actions against people who are in favor of Catalan Independence. The actions of The Spanish government have damaged Catalan and Spanish democracy. At this point, it seems impossible for Spain to manage the area without using violence.
In the aftermath of the open letter, things continue to be strained between Catalonia and Madrid. The Spanish Senate eliminated The Catalonia Parliament, leaving the region under the control of The Spanish government. Prime Minister Rajoy accused Puigdemont of misusing public funds. Puigdemont was exiled to Belgium. While in Belgium, Puigdemont once again expressed interest in becoming The President of Catalonia. Puigdemont’s efforts were rejected and Quim Torra was chosen as the regional leader of Catalonia.
While the power struggle continues, Choudhry believes that both sides need to be transparent. With the upcoming elections in The Spanish Parliament, there is hope that the issue of independence involving the Catalonian people will finally be resolved.