Catalan separatists want to re-elect fugitive ex-leader

2018-05-06 13:06
Carles Puigdemont. (AFP)

Carles Puigdemont. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lawmakers from Catalonia's leading separatist party say they will try to re-elect fugitive former leader Carles Puigdemont as the president of the region despite the expected prohibition by Spanish courts.

Puigdemont met on Saturday with members of his Together for Catalonia coalition in Berlin, where he is awaiting extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum last year on Catalonia's independence.

Coalition spokesperson Eduard Pujol says they will try to elect Puigdemont by May 14.

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

Separatist lawmakers changed regional laws on Friday to allow Catalonia's president to be sworn in without being present.

Spanish courts have blocked past efforts by Catalan separatists to continue their secession push.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    carles puigdemont  |  spain

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.