Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont Opts Out of Presidency

Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont Opts Out of Presidency

Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont Opts Out of Presidency

Catalonia's most radical separatists have mentioned they'll permit candidate Quim Torra to be elected because the restive Spanish area's new chief on Monday.

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.

The speaker of the Catalan parliament Roger Torrent said in a statement on Friday that he had proposed Torra as a candidate for regional president after consulting with political parties, Reuters said.

From December 2017, the Catalan Parliament already four times tried to form a government, but all candidates for the post of Prime Minister are either in prison or outside of Spain and can not return to the country for prosecution.

He promised to restore Catalonia's laws suspended by Spanish courts and start drafting a constitution for a future Catalan Republic, stressing that he would "not give up anything" and would "assume responsibility for what comes from our actions".

Catalonia has been without a president or government since a December regional election.

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

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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.

If a president is not sworn in by May 22 a new election will be triggered.

There he specialised in reviving texts by Catalan journalists from the civil war and Francisco Franco's dictatorship, which severely repressed Catalonia among other regions.

Who is Carles Puigdemont? .

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.

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

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