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[Published: Sunday May 06 2018]

 Catalans propose dismissed leader as new president

 
BARCELONIA 6 May (ANA) - Catalan politicians are attempting to put forward former regional President Carles Puigdemont as a candidate for the region's presidency, despite a European arrest warrant issued by Spain.
 
Puigdemont met with members of his Together For Catalonia, known by its Catalan acronym JxCat, in Berlin on Friday.
 
They proposed nominating Puigdemont, who could accept the presidential nomination from abroad thanks to a law recently passed in the regional Catalan parliament.
 
JxCat spokesperson Eduard Pujol said at a news conference on Friday that his party "wants to vote on the investiture" of Puigdemont, calling him "a legitimate president".
 
Catalonia held snap polls in December, called by the Spanish government, to form a new parliament after separatists led by Puigdemont tried to secede the region from Spain.
 
Secessionist parties maintained their majority, continuing the struggle between the national and regional governments.
 
Catalonia must form a new government by May 22 or hold new elections. Four attempts to form a government have failed so far.(ANA)
FA/ANA/6 May 2018------
 

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