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Catalonia's radical separatists clear means for brand spanking new chief

14 May, 2018, 00:21 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Former Catalan President renounces leadership from exile

If CUP abstains in the second vote, a simple majority will be enough to see Torra elected as the 131st leader of the region and bring an end to the central Spanish government control which has been in place in Catalonia since October 27, 2017.

Puigdemont was president of Catalonia in October when he supported a referendum seeking independence from Spain.

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

He soon made a name for himself in Catalan nationalist circles, joining various separatist organisations, including those that helped organise the huge rallies that eventually led to last year's independence push and subsequent political crisis.

They've till Might 22 to type a brand new authorities or new elections can be triggered.

Catalan lawmakers must pick a leader to form a government by May 22 to avert more elections, following a standoff during which separatist politicians put forward candidates who were blocked by the courts for being either overseas or in jail.

In a video statement from Germany, he proposed political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor.

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.

He is the fourth candidate to attempt to fill the role following a regional election in December in which pro-independence parties won a slim majority. "He makes a call to clash, to have more confrontation", she said.

Puigdemont is now in Germany after being detained there in March on a European arrest warrant against him issued by Spain.

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.

A German court last month dismissed the extradition request for Puigdemont on the rebellion allegations and released him on bail.

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