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Catalonia Postpones Vote for New Regional Head, Sticks With Puigdemont

Roger Torrent , Speaker of Catalonia's regional Parliament, delivers a statement in Barcelona, Spain, January 30, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Roger Torrent , Speaker of Catalonia’s regional Parliament, delivers a statement in Barcelona, Spain, January 30, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Madrid: The Catalan parliament speaker said the vote for a new regional head, planned for Tuesday, had been postponed but insisted that self-exiled, former leader Carles Puigdemont was the only viable candidate to lead Catalonia.

“Today’s session has been postponed, but under no circumstance cancelled … another candidate will not be presented,” Roger Torrent said on Tuesday in a press conference.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reiterated on Tuesday that Puigdemont could not be a candidate as he was in exile in Brussels after a warrant for his arrest was ordered after he made an illegal declaration of independence end-October.

(Reuters)

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