Catalan regional assembly investiture debate scheduled for Saturday

14 May, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Puigdemont appoints a candidate to chair the Generalitat

Radical leftists say they will not block separatist candidate.

This will be the fifth attempt to form a government since the last administration was sacked by Madrid almost seven months ago for declaring independence. For election as head of the regional government of Catalonia, Torre will be sufficient to support a simple majority of the deputies: that is, the number of votes "for" must exceed the number of those who voted "against", excluding abstentions or not present at the meeting of parliamentarians.

But the pro-independence parties don't have enough votes to elect him in the first round, so a second round will be held Monday when Torra can be elected by their slender majority.

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has nominated a political newcomer to be the region's new president.

Catalonia has been in political limbo since December past year when pro-independence parties won early elections.

Mr Torra's investiture would prevent the need for new elections, which are due to be called if a Catalan president is not in place by May 22nd.

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Catalonia's pro-independence parties risk an election being automatically triggered if they don't form a government by May 22.

Mr Torra, vice-president of the activist group Omnium Cultural - whose leader, Jordi Cuixart, has been in preventative prison since October - is the so-called "Plan D" candidate after three previous inauguration attempts were blocked by the Spanish courts.

There he specialised in reviving texts by Catalan journalists from the civil war and Francisco Franco's dictatorship, which severely repressed Catalonia among other regions.

"He is the most radical that Puigdemont could find and the only one who voluntarily accepted to be the puppet of Mr. Puigdemont", she told reporters.

Puigdemont is overseas in self-exile and faces jail if he returns, while other candidates such as civic leader Jordi Sanchez are in prison, charged with rebellion for their role in the independence drive.

A German court last month dismissed the extradition request for Puigdemont on the rebellion allegations and released him on bail.

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