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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Fugitive ex-Catalan leader seeks long-distance government

Madrid officials have vowed to impede Carles Puigdemont’s reinstatement by challenging it in courts if necessary.

People gather outside the Catalonia parliament (AP)
People gather outside the Catalonia parliament (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Catalonia’s fugitive former leader has said new technologies would allow him to govern again from Belgium.

Carles Puigdemont spoke to Catalan public radio from Belgium, where he fled to avoid a judicial probe in Spain over secession attempts.

The challenge led Spanish central authorities to disband the Catalan Cabinet and call an election in the north-eastern region. Results granted the separatists a slim parliamentary majority.

However, with ousted Catalan Cabinet members under investigation, jailed or in Belgium and facing arrest if they return home, the Catalan parliament’s new governing body must decide by the end of January whether to permit Mr Puigdemont’s re-election through a proxy delegate.

Spain’s central government has vowed to impede Mr Puigdemont’s reinstatement by challenging it in courts if necessary.

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