Catalan lawmakers step closer to picking new regional leader

14 May, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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According to Puigdemont, he has enough support in parliament to be elected regional president.

The announcement marks a major shift for Puigdemont after he declared Catalonia's independence past year, a move that prompted Madrid to intervene and dissolve parliament in favor of fresh elections.

This will be the first major step forward in forming a regional government after months of political limbo following a failed independence bid by Catalonia's separatist leaders last October.

Exiled former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont renounced his candidacy for the regional presidency on Thursday, suggesting in his stead a politician who is acceptable to Madrid.

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The far-left CUP occasion selected Sunday that their 4 parliament members will abstain throughout Monday's investiture session, which ought to go away Torra with extra "sure" than "no" votes. "We will continue fighting in defence of our rights", said the former Catalonia president.

He proposed political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor, urging the next regional executive to build an independent country.

Catalan lawmakers should choose a leader to form a government by may 22.

Catalonia has been in political limbo since December past year when pro-independence parties won early elections.

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But he has been a major cultural figure over the last decade pushing for the region to fully break from Spain.

It will be the fourth attempt to elect a leader after failures with Jordi Turull and Jordi Sanchez, who are now in prison, and Carles Puigdemont, who is now in Germany after leaving Spain to escape charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds.

"He is the most radical that Puigdemont could find and the only one who voluntarily accepted to be the puppet of Mr. Puigdemont", she told reporters.

But a German court rejected extraditing him on that charge, judging that rebellion implies violence, and ruling that Puigdemont was not personally involved in violent acts during the referendum.

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