Friday, March 12, 2010

Llaurado close to renouncing his candidacy

While several sources continue to claim that former Barcelona vice-president Jaume Llauradó will participate in the presidential elections in the summer (read more here), Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that Llauradó is more likely not to run for president.

The Catalan businessman would be close to making the decision not to set up an own candidacy and to not actively getting involved in the elections. Llauradó would already be holding talks with other candidates trying to convince them to take part in electoral debates that will be organized by Barcelona think tank Fòrum Samitier.

Catalan sports weekly paper Gol claims that the participation of Llauradó depends on the final number of candidates that will run for president. The ex-director would only want to take part if there are only two, at the most three, other candidacies.

Jaume Llauradó was a pre-candidate in the elections of 1997 and 2000, when he ended up joining the candidacy of the later president Joan Gaspart, in whose board Llauradó was a vice-president from 2000 until he resigned after one year because he didn't agree with the way the club was governed.

In 2003, he was a presidential candidate but finished 6th and last in the elections won by Joan Laporta. He obtained 987 votes (1,91%), which was considerably lower than the number of signatures he had been able to collect. Llauradó is also the president of FC Barcelona think tank Fòrum Samitier.

Read more:
Llaurado confirms that he will run
Poll result: Who will you vote for?
Will Llaurado run for the fourth time?