Podemos also wants Catalan-style referendum for Valencia, says regional party leader Antonio Montiel

Podemos' Valencian community secretary general Antonio Montiel. Photo: CadenaSER
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• Says Valencians need in-out vote to ‘redefine our relationship’ with Spain •

In a shift of direction for new-left, anti-austerity party Podemos in the Valencian community, party leader Antonio Montiel has come out for the first time in favor of a Catalan-style referendum in Valencia on whether or not the region should remain part of Spain.

In a radio interview Wednesday with Cadena SER, Montiel lamented that Valencian voters had never been asked in a direct referendum vote whether or not they were in favor of the 1982 statute establishing the community as part of Spain’s transition to democracy, nor whether they favored the 2006 reform to the statute approved by the Valencian Corts and Spain’s national Congress.

Montiel told the radio interviewer that the same kind of referendum on independence from Spain that Podemos is demanding for Catalonia is also advisable for Valencia, so that Valencians “can redefine our relationship with the Spanish State.”

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