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Catalan parliament to involve EU Human Rights court in bid to solve political deadlock

Roger Torrent.
Roger Torrent. / EFE
  • Former president Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in Belgium and would face arrest if he came back to Spain

The process of choosing a new regional president in Catalonia, which would end elements of direct rule from Madrid, is still stalled.

The speaker of Catalonia's parliament, Roger Torrent, has confirmed he will refer his proposal to invest ousted ex-president Carles Puigdemont to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Torrent aims to get a ruling on whether Puigdemont is having his rights abused by Spain's constitutional court's attempts to prevent him easily returning to be invested as regional president again. Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in Belgium and would face arrest if he came back to Spain.

Torrent is from the ERC separatist party and members of rival Junts per Catalunya, Puigdemont's separatist political group, are unhappy that the speaker hasn't exhausted all angles in Spain before turning to Strasbourg. Of the 177 cases sent from Spain to that top court in the last three years, only eight have had a positive ruling.