Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Trump and Macron media moments

Read more

ENCORE!

Photographer Clare Strand explores the causes and consequences of communication breakdown

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Fashion and ethics: Five years after Bangladesh factory collapse, what's changed?

Read more

FOCUS

Israel’s migrant crisis: Clear government signals, but unclear decisions

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Plastic waste: ‘We can only tackle the problem if we work together’

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Louis XIV's message for the British royal baby

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwean nurses call off strike and return to work

Read more

THE DEBATE

Macron meets Trump: A state visit with discord on the horizon?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron hopes for breakthrough on trade tensions during US visit

Read more

Europe

Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont calls on Spain to restore his 'legitimate govt'

© Emmanuel Dunand, AFP | Axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont gives a press conference on December 22, 2017 in Brussels, a day after Catalonia's regional election.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-12-31

Catalonia's fugitive former president has called for Spanish authorities to open negotiations regarding the restitution of what he calls his "legitimate government."

Carles Puigdemont said via social media channels from Brussels on Saturday that Spain should "recognize the election results of Dec. 21 and start negotiating politically with the legitimate government of Catalonia."

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy deposed Puigdemont and his cabinet after Catalonia's regional parliament voted in favor of a declaration of independence from the rest of the country in October.

But pro-secession parties, including one led by Puigdemont, won the most seats in elections last week.

Puigdemont fled to Belgium to avoid a judicial investigation into suspicions of rebellion by him and his government. He did not say Saturday if he plans to return to Spain, where an arrest warrants awaits him.

Rajoy said on Friday that he plans to convene Catalonia's newly elected parliament on Jan. 17.

In-house rules of Catalonia's parliament require that a candidate to form a government be present.

(AP)

Date created : 2017-12-31

  • SPAIN

    Spain drops international arrest warrant for Catalonia ex-leader Puigdemont

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Ousted Catalan leader Puigdemont urges EU to speak out on crisis

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont due in Belgian court on November 17

    Read more

COMMENT(S)