Deposed Catalan leader’s party will run in snap vote

The picture shows the Catalan regional parliament building in Barcelona on October 30, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 30 October 2017
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Deposed Catalan leader’s party will run in snap vote

BARCELONA: The party of Catalonia’s dismissed president Carles Puigdemont will run in a December regional election called by Spain’s government in response to a declaration of independence by Catalan leaders, a spokeswoman said Monday.
“We will go to the polls on (December) 21. We will go with conviction and with a commitment to letting the Catalan people express themselves,” Marta Pascal, spokeswoman for the PDeCAT party, told reporters.
The Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) party of Puigdemont’s equally deposed vice president Oriol Junqueras said it would “participate” in some fashion in the election despite judging the poll “illegitimate” having been called by Madrid.
“Catalans do not fear the ballot box ... and December 21 should be another opportunity to consolidate the republic,” said ERC spokesman Sergi Sabria after a party meeting in Barcelona.
“On December 21 we shall find a means of participating, be it in standing or not,” Sabria added.
He added that “our republic does not for the moment fully have the capacity to impose itself as we would wish — but it is up to us to defend it,” a visibly emotional Sabria said.
On Friday, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he had dissolved the Catalan parliament and called a snap vote for the region under sweeping powers approved by the Senate to stop the secessionist movement.
Separatist parties of all political stripes, from Puigdemont’s Catalan Democratic Party conservatives to the far-left, have dominated the Catalan parliament since the last election in 2015, holding 72 seats out of 135.
An opinion poll for Spain’s El Mundo daily, taken before the secessionists declared their breakaway republic, on Monday said pro-independence parties would lose their parliamentary majority with a score of 42.5 percent, if elections were held now.


Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

  • Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday
  • Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police

KARACHI: Pakistan’s anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People’s Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.
“NAB’s Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over ‘assets beyond means’,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement, refering to a class of case in which a defendant is accused of possessing assets higher than their known sources of income.
Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday, an official statement said.
The opposition stalwart was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, Pakistan’s DawnNewsTV reported. He will remain in custody on Wednesday evening.
Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad home, the domestic staff at his house told DawnNewsTV.