Ousted Catalan Leader’s Comeback Bid Delayed
MADRID (Dispatches) - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest if he returns to Spain for leading the secession bid in the wealthy northwestern region that is home to some 7.5 million people
The speaker of Catalonia’s parliament postponed a crunch vote Tuesday to formally re-elect ousted president Carles Puigdemont into office, delaying his controversial comeback bid.
But Roger Torrent defended Puigdemont’s right to be re-elected by Catalan lawmakers despite a court ban after separatist parties won a majority in December elections and the former regional leader was officially nominated as candidate for the presidency.
“Today’s plenary session... is postponed,” he told reporters, saying he wanted to ensure an “effective” pre-vote parliamentary debate with all legal “guarantees” in place.
Puigdemont, who left for Belgium shortly after Catalonia’s parliament declared independence in October, faces arrest if he returns to Spain for leading the secession bid in the wealthy northeastern region that is home to some 7.5 million people.
Catalan lawmakers had been due to formally vote him into office on Tuesday afternoon.