The mayor-elect of Barcelona, Xavier Trias of the party Convergència i Unió, has confirmed that he will look to govern the city council without any formal coalition that will tie him to the demands of another party (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Trias has also made it clear that he is hoping for an absolute majority on June 11th in the council vote to select a mayor, or that he will succeed thanks to his position as head of the most-voted-for municipal group in Sunday's elections. However, Trias is well aware of the difficulties of running the council without an absolute majority (he will have 15 of the 21 seats needed for such a majority) and as such from today he will explore options for future agreements as needed with the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) and the Partido Popular (PP), which will be the second and third largest parties in the new council (with 11 and 8 seats respectively), which he hopes will make his mayorship more straightforward. The vote that will take place to confirm his investiture as mayor shouldn't depend on any future agreements between parties regarding policy.
Leader of the Spanish Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, has told party members that they need to put their celebrations over the party's positive results in Sunday's elections to one side and focus on consolidating their victories at both local and community level (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Rajoy said that Spain's situation continues to be bleak and as such he has called on the ruling Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) to call early general elections, saying that he is the only one who can deal with the difficulties facing the country. "This government isn't up to it," he said yesterday. "And what's ahead of us won't be easy to deal with." He pointed to the differential that opened up yesterday between Spanish and German debt, calling the 260-point difference "dangerous". Rajoy reminded his party that he and his colleagues have been calling prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to convene early elections since the latest debate on the state of the nation: "some people thought it was a good idea then, others didn't. Now more people think that it is a good idea," he said. He has told his party to start preparing now for the general elections.
A 27-year-old Pakistani man was shot dead in a shop in the Les Corts neighbourhood yesterday (read article in Catalan here, Avui). The man, who was well-known in the area, was shot first in the head and then shot five more times in the face and chest. The killer, who was wearing a white hat, escaped from the scene in Carrer Caballero, running towards Carrer Numancia, where he threw away both the gun and the hat. While initial theories pointed to a violent robbery, the Mossos who are investigating the killing have put this possibility to one side and instead are focusing on revenge as the main motive for the crime. Amongst other indications of such is the fact that the killer didn't take anything of value from the shop, while the police also feel that the level of violence used in the attack, with six shots fired against an unarmed victim, didn't match with a straightforward robbery. The shooting took place yesterday around 1.30pm, a few minutes after the victim returned from having lunch at a nearby café, as he was used to do most days. "He seemed as calm as always," said a worker in the bar, which is just a few metres from the shop that has been run by the murdered man's father for the past 10 years.