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Catalan parliament votes to uphold Puigdemont as legitimate president

  • It also reaffirmed the plan for independence as voted for in last October's banned secessionist referendum

The Catalan parliament this week used its first session since the suspension of regional autonomous powers by Madrid and last December's elections to pass a motion in support of Carles Puigdemont as the rightful president of Catalonia. It also reaffirmed the plan for independence as voted for in last October's banned secessionist referendum. The motion, which was voted on by the separatist-MP majority and boycotted by the main constitutional parties, stopped short of reaffirming last October's declaration of independence amid fears that legal action would be taken against the new MPs. The pro-Spain parties did not succeed in their call for the chamber to vote to start the two-month countdown to choosing a new president or call new regional elections, amid continued deadlock with Puigdemont in self-imposed exile in Belgium and unable to return.