Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Catalan Parliament Fails to Back Torra for Region's President After 1st Vote

Former Catalan leader proposes candidate for regional government Former Catalan President renounces leadership from exile
Lillian Steele | 14 May, 2018, 00:17

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

Torra's election and the formation of a new government would close the latest chapter in the Catalan crisis, which reached its height past year when regional leaders held a disputed referendum on breaking away from Spain and then declared independence. In the event, pro-independence parties retained their slim majority in the Catalan parliament and a new government will have to decide whether to pursue another collision course with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on Thursday rejected being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain's government and months of political turmoil over its independence bid. Torra is a pro-independence lawmaker. Currently, the former head of the government of Catalonia Carles Pujdeme is located in Germany and has no right to leave its territory, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

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

The declaration came just weeks after Catalan separatist authorities held a referendum despite a court ban, which was marred by police violence as security forces tried to stop people from voting.

Catalonia is Spain's richest and most populous region.

On Oct 27, Madrid sacked Puigdemont and his entire cabinet, and called regional elections in December which separatist parties won again.

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

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

One of the blocked candidates was Puigdemont himself, who is in Berlin waiting for a German court to rule on whether to extradite him to Spain on a charge of misuse of public funds.

Puigdemont is now in Berlin, awaiting a decision from a German court on whether he will be extradited to Spain.

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