Arab Times

Separatist­s clear way for Torra:


Catalonia’s most radical separatist­s have said they will allow candidate Quim Torra to be elected as the restive Spanish region’s new leader on Monday.

The far-left CUP party decided on Sunday that their four parliament members will abstain during Monday’s investitur­e session, which should leave Torra with more “yes” than “no” votes.

Torra’s election would bring an end to the Spanish central government’s takeover of regional affairs as part of a crackdown after an illegal declaratio­n of independen­ce by Catalonia’s regional parliament in October.

Separatist parties maintained a slim majority in regional elections in December, but Spanish courts have blocked efforts to elect two separatist­s in jail awaiting trial and fugitive ex-chief Carles Puigdemont.

They have until May 22 to form a new government or new elections will be triggered. (AP)

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