Ex-Catalan leader launches political platform
BARCELONA, Spain — The former leader of Catalonia has launched a new political platform in hopes of maintaining his relevance in the region’s secessionist movement from outside Spain, where he is wanted on rebellion charges.
Carles Puigdemont spoke via video at a rally Saturday to mark the foundation of The National Call for the Republic.
Puigdemont spoke to the crowd from Belgium where he has lived since fleeing Spain one year ago after a failed declaration of independence by Catalonia’s regional parliament.
Puigdemont and other organizers are calling the new group a movement instead of a political party. The organization’s bylaws will allow members to also belong to political parties.
Only one of the three pro-secession Catalan parties has backed the movement.