Ex-Cata­lan leader launches po­lit­i­cal plat­form

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - News -

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.

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