Publicado: Lun, May 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Catalan secessionists fail to elect new regional leader

Catalan secessionists fail to elect new regional leader

According to Puigdemont, he has enough support in parliament to be elected regional president.

Catalonia has been in political limbo since Spain's conservative central government imposed direct rule on the semi-autonomous region after it unilaterally declared independence on Oct 27.

Catalonia's parliament will start debating on whether to appoint staunch independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running.

Speaking in Berlin, former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on Thursday announced his decision to renounce leadership of the region's legislature.

Backing unilateral independence over the negotiated exit favoured by larger separatist parties, the CUP has previously broken ranks with the pro-independence block. If he is elected to office, he must form a regional government with the intention of leading Catalonia's independence movement.

He also called snap regional elections for December 21, which separatist parties went on to win, once again getting an absolute majority in parliament.

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The Spanish legal system has charged Puigdemont and other separatist leaders with a range of offenses over their roles in the independence push.

Puigdemont proposed Torra as candidate in an address released on his YouTube video channel.

But since then, all candidates proposed by the separatist camp to lead Catalonia have fallen flat, as they are either overseas and wanted by Spain, or already in prison, charged with rebellion.

Mr Puigdemont also explained he plans to remain the global voice of the Catalan government, while Mr Torra, if invested, would oversee the region's internal affairs.

Puigdemont, who first fled to Belgium, was detained in Germany in March after Spain issued a European arrest warrant against him.

The Spanish judiciary has twice blocked Puigdemont's attempts to face an investiture session from afar, as well as the candidacies of Jordi Turull and Jordi Sànchez, both of who are in prison.

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