Catalonia crisis: Sacked Catalan leader is ‘welcome’ to stand in a new election – Business Insider
unity demonstrators wave Spanish and Catalan flags during a
protest after the Catalan regional parliament declared
independence from Spain in Barcelona, Spain, October 27,
- Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was sacked by the
Spanish government after the region’s parliament voted for
- The Spanish government has called fresh elections for
- The government says Puigdemont would be “welcome” to
stand in the new elections.
LONDON — The Spanish government says sacked Catalan President
Carles Puigdemont is “welcome” to stand in fresh regional
elections which will take place in December.
The Catalan regional parliament voted for independence on
Friday, after a contested referendum at the start of the month,
and Puigdemont and his government was sacked immediately
afterwards, but a central government spokesman said the leader
had the right to continue in politics.
“I’m quite sure that if Puigdemont takes part in these elections,
he can exercise this democratic opposition,” said Íñigo Méndez de
Vigo said, quoted by Reuters.
“The Catalans will be able to say what they feel about what
they’ve been seeing in this last year, with all sorts of failing
the law, abusing the law and putting themselves outside the law,”
Puigdemont on Saturday urged “democratic opposition” to the
Spanish government’s efforts to suppress the region’s
The national government in Madrid says the independence
declaration is invalid. He has since invoked Article 155, a
constitutional provision that instates direct rule, and has put
his Deputy in charge of the region.
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