Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Carles Puigdemont gains backing from Catalonia's two main pro-independence parties for re-election

Catalonia's two main pro-independence parties have agreed to back Carles Puigdemont to be re-elected as president of the region later this month.
Mr Puigdemont fled to Brussels in self-imposed exile after he was sacked by the Spanish government in October for his role in staging an illegal referendum and unilaterally declaring independence.

A deal for Mr Puigdemont’s party, Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia), and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia) to support the former president was reached in Brussels on Tuesday evening.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called a regional election on 21 December to resolve the region's political crisis, but results proved inconclusive after the pro-independence parties failed to get over 50% of the vote, despite claiming a narrow majority of parliamentary seats.

SKY        News.