Exiled Leader Puigdemont Withdraws As Candidate For Catalan Presidency

Puigdemont appoints a candidate to chair the Generalitat

Separatist allies announced Saturday they would try to have Puigdemont, now in Germany after being detained there in March on a European arrest warrant, re-appointed as president by next week after the regional parliament voted through reforms allowing him to take the role without being present.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called regional elections in December after sacking the previous administration for illegally declaring independence from Spain.

Inés Arrimadas, the leader of Ciudadnos, the main pro-Spanish party in Catalonia, accused Torra of failing to compromise.

In Saturday's vote, candidate Quim Torra, a close ally of former leader Carles Puigdemont, was backed by 66 politicians - falling short of the 68 votes needed to be elected.

Catalonia's parliament is due to meet on Saturday to debate the candidacy of Joaquim "Quim" Torra as the region's new president.

The far-left CUP occasion selected Sunday that their 4 parliament members will abstain throughout Monday's investiture session, which ought to go away Torra with extra "sure" than "no" votes.

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There are now 70 lawmakers in the regional parliament who are pro-independence, against 65 who aren't. After numerous failed attempts to occupy this post the former head of the regional government of Catalonia Carles Pujdeme named as his successor Kim Torr.

The declaration came just weeks after Catalan separatist authorities held a referendum despite a court ban, which was marred by police violence as security forces tried to stop people from voting.

Mr Puigdemont also explained he plans to remain the global voice of the Catalan government, while Mr Torra, if invested, would oversee the region's internal affairs.

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

Catalonia is Spain's richest and most populous region.

One of the blocked candidates was Puigdemont himself, who is in Berlin waiting for a German court to rule on whether to extradite him to Spain on a charge of misuse of public funds.

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