Catalan’s ousted president may soon find himself back in charge of Catalan, but not if Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has anything to say about it.
It’s been a few months since Catalan voted to secede from Spain. Since then, we saw the Government in Madrid force direct rule on the province, arrest Catalan’s leaders or force them to flee abroad, and require new elections for Catalan’s government before the resumption of local rule. But in spite of the best efforts of Madrid to rid the Catalonians of their stubborn independent streak, the chastised and defiant people of Catalan gave a majority of their government to independence parties while shrinking the Rajoy’s own party’s representation to a mere four members.
Adding to the good news for Catalan independence, in December, Spain withdrew its international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, who has been living in exile in Brussels. Now, through an agreement between the parties that form Catalan’s independence coalition, Puigdemont maybe reinstalled as president once more.
Besides these welcome developments, not all is well in Catalan. Puidgdemont may be the agreed head of the Catalonian government, but he is legally required to read a “mandatory installation speech to the Catalan Parliament …
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