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Madrid refuses to ratify new Catalan regional ministers

Quim Torra after visiting Catalan politicians in jail this week.
Quim Torra after visiting Catalan politicians in jail this week. / EFE
  • It had been expected that, once a new president was sworn in, Madrid would end the elements of direct rule.

Following the investiture of Quim Torra as new president of Catalonia last week, the national government has so far refused to hand back the devolved powers it had suspended. It had been expected that, once a new president was sworn in, Madrid would end the elements of direct rule.

However Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said that Quim Torra's choice of several regional ministers who are in jail or self-exiled outside Spain is not credible and has refused to ratify the Catalan leader's choice by publishing details in the official state bulletin. Torra, who visited Catalan leaders in jail this week in Madrid, has said he will take legal action.