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La norma no escrita en las relaciones con las minorías parlamentarias de CiU ha permitido tradicionalmente durante los últimos veinte años que la Generalitat distribuyera estratégicamente a sus agentes delegados en las comisiones de control económico. El pacto se ha hecho efectivo siempre y con independencia de que el Gobierno surgido de las urnas necesitase o no los votos del grupo catalán para imponer una mayoría estable en el Congreso de los Diputados.

I was reading this paragraph in El Confidencial online, and what I don't know is what the second sentence means (with this "surgir .. necesitase o no" syntax). Could you help me?

  • The sentence is a bit complicated, it can be simplified as El pacto siempre se ha hecho efectivo, independientemente de si el Gobierno surgido de las urnas necesitaba los votos de CiU .... – fedorqui 'SO stop harming' Sep 29 '15 at 13:00
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The phrase:

... surgido de las urnas ...

means that that government was elected, but focusing in the fact that it was elected by vote (hence the word urnas).

So, that phrase is just a complement of the noun government. Bearing that in mind, you can just see:

... de que el Gobierno (el que surgió de las urnas) necesitase o no los votos ...

That can be reduced even further:

... de que el Gobierno necesitase o no los votos ...

Then, the phrase: necesitase o no, means "whether it needs that or not", that is to say, in both cases.

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    It might be worth to note that necesitase is Past Imperfect of Subjunctive tense of the verb necesitar, and the phrase "dependiendo de que [alguien] necesitase..." is a nice example of the use of subjunctive which is a thorny subject for Spanish language learners. – deStrangis Sep 28 '15 at 15:31

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