Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on lawmakers in the northeastern Catalonia region to replace former secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont with someone who respects Madrid’s authority and the rule of law.
Catalonia's parliament speaker on Tuesday postponed a session intended to reelect the region's fugitive ex-president, saying the planned meeting would not take place until there were guarantees Spanish authorities "won't interfere".
Catalonia's parliament speaker on Tuesday postponed a session intended to re-elect the region's fugitive ex-president, saying the planned meeting would not take place until there were guarantees Spanish authorities "won't interfere".
The Catalan parliament on Monday proposed Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president, dealing a blow to central government efforts to derail an independence movement that has plunged Spain into political crisis.
Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont urged Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to accept the results of a December 21 local election which gave a slim majority to parties favoring a split of the northeastern region from Spain.
Separatists looked set on Friday to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s attempt to defuse the independence movement, instead reigniting the country’s biggest political crisis in decades.
A jailed leader of Catalonia’s independence movement has offered an olive branch to the central Spanish government, saying he would adopt a softer tone in his call for secession after the regional vote on December 21.
The sacked speaker of Catalonia's parliament left a prison near Madrid on Friday hours after supporters posted her 150,000-euro ($175,000) bail, ending her brief detention over the region's controversial independence drive.