News ID: 215017
Published: 0519 GMT May 13, 2018

Catalan secessionists poised to elect new leader in second vote

Catalan secessionists poised to elect new leader in second vote

A small Catalan separatist party said on Sunday it would abstain in a second vote to elect a regional leader paving the way for pro-independence candidate Quim Torra to secure a majority and form a government.

Torra, a close ally of former leader Carles Puigdemont, failed to win sufficient votes to become leader on Saturday.

But if the far-left CUP party’s four parliamentarians abstain in the vote on Monday, he is expected to secure the simple majority needed to become leader, ending a political impasse that has lasted for months, Presstv Reported.

In his address to the regional parliament on Saturday, Torra said he would work towards the creation of a Catalan republic and respect the outcome of last year’s vote on secession, which was deemed illegal by Madrid.

Catalonia has been without an administration since December despite pro-independence parties winning most seats in a December election called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after Puigdemont’s secession attempt.

 
   
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