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Catalan parliament to vote in former-leader candidacy

Catalan parliament to vote in former-leader candidacy Catalan parliament to vote in former-leader candidacy
Stacy Diaz | 27 January, 2018, 15:16

Puigdemont has said he could be sworn in remotely from Brussels, a plan Spain's central government opposes.

Puigdemont was sacked as leader of the Catalan regional assembly at the end of October 2017 in the wake of the Catalan independence referendum and unilateral declaration of independence, reports Xinhua.

Former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he has not ruled out returning to Spain to attend a vote in the Catalan parliament to choose a new leader.

Puigdemont is now in Belgium facing arrest on charges of rebellion, sedition, misuse of funds and disobedience if he returns to Spain.

The government wants to avoid Puigdemont swearing in via Skype or video chat while he remains in Brussels.

Earlier, Spanish deputy prime minister said current circumstances did not permit the election of Puigdemont as regional leader as he can not enter Spain without being arrested.

Rajoy and his ministers have said they would appeal to the courts and maintain Madrid's direct rule of Catalonia if Puigdemont was elected while overseas.

Meanwhile, Spain's Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request from the state prosecutor to reactivate a European arrest warrant to detain Puigdemont while he is in Copenhagen.

On Wednesday, he said he should be present at the parliamentary session.

After imposing direct rule on the northeastern region in October, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called regional elections in December to try to defuse the crisis.

The politician was formally designated by the Catalan parliamentary speaker as the candidate to lead the region again.

"It is outrageous that the president of Catalan parliament cant hold a meeting because they physically closed the headquarters of the delegatio", Torrent said.