Former Catalan President renounces leadership from exile

Former Catalan leader proposes candidate for regional government

Catalonia's most radical separatists have mentioned they'll permit candidate Quim Torra to be elected because the restive Spanish area's new chief on Monday.

Catalonia has been in political limbo since Spain's central government sacked Puigdemont and his cabinet and imposed direct rule on the semi-autonomous region after it unilaterally declared independence on October 27. In the event, pro-independence parties retained their slim majority in the Catalan parliament and a new government will have to decide whether to pursue another collision course with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The debate is scheduled for midday on Saturday, although it is likely a second vote will be needed 48 days later as the pro-independence party CUP will abstain in the first vote, leaving Torra short of the absolute majority he requires in the 135-seat chamber.

Puigdemont's announcement from exile in Germany came a day after the Madrid government stepped in to block him from once again becoming president of Catalonia, pressuring the separatist camp to pick another candidate and form a regional government.

Separatist parties in Catalonia aim to elect one of their own as regional president by early next week, ending five months of political deadlock amid the restive region's attempts to secede from Spain.

They were also accused of mobilising thousands of pro-independence supporters to prevent police from stopping the October 1 independence referendum from going ahead. "We will continue fighting in defence of our rights", said the former Catalonia president.




Puigdemont proposed Torra as candidate in an address released on his YouTube video channel.

The Spanish legal system has charged Puigdemont and other separatist leaders with a range of offenses over their roles in the independence push.

Catalan lawmakers should choose a leader to form a government by may 22.

But he has been a major cultural figure over the last decade pushing for the region to fully break from Spain.

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