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New Catalan president breaks deadlock and agrees to appoint untainted new ministers

Quim Torra (2nd right) at a snail festival in Lleida last Sunday. :: EFE
Quim Torra (2nd right) at a snail festival in Lleida last Sunday. :: EFE
  • This paved the way for all of Catalonia's devolved powers to be restored at last

The new president of the Catalan government, Quim Torra, gave in to pressure from Madrid this week by agreeing to choose four new names for regional ministries that he had previously offered to politicians either in jail or self-imposed exile.

When the earlier four nominations were made, central government refused to ratify the appointments or lift the suspension of some of Catalonia's devolved powers. Despite initially saying he would take Madrid to court, Torra changed plans and agreed to appoint a regional cabinet untainted by pro-independence legal action. This paves the way for all of Catalonia's devolved powers to be restored at last.

The decision comes against the backdrop of the planned no-confidence vote against the national government in Madrid, a motion that Catalan separatist MPs have supported in the belief that there may be a softer policy on Catalonia from any new incoming prime minister.

Torra was expected to travel soon to Berlin to meet self-exiled former president Carles Puigdemont