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The acting president of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, has sworn "by legal imperative" to uphold the Spanish Constitution and the Catalan Statute of Autonomy and has promised to act "with complete fidelity to the will of the people", as a prior requirement to becoming a deputy in the new Catalan legislature.

The formalities to be confirmed as a deputy involve presenting credentials as an elected candidate, a declaration of assets and a written promise to fulfil the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy, requirements met by the deputies-elect of JuntsxCat and ERC before tomorrow's opening of Parliament.

In the case of Carles Puigdemont, the formula used, according to JuntsxCat sources, is to swear to uphold the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy "due to legal imperative", with the following addendum: "I promise to act with complete fidelity to the will of the people of Catalonia".

This formula was used by the majority of the JuntsxCat deputies-elect, except Jordi Sànchez, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Clara Ponsatí and Lluís Puig, who promise to uphold the Constitution and the Statute without adding anything else. Another exception was Josep Rull, who did include the wording "by legal imperative".

The same thing happened with ERC, with leading figures Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Meritxell Serret and Carme Forcadell only swearing to uphold the Constitution without adding anything, according to party sources.

The other ERC deputies-elect used the following formula: "I promise to respect the Constitution [of Spain] and the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia by legal imperative. And I announce that I remain at the disposition of the new Parliament, of the Presidency and the Government of Catalonia, being faithful to the democratic mandates from the people of Catalonia".

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