Spain moves to block Catalan bid to elect former leader Carles Puigdemont in absentia

Spain moves to block Catalan bid to elect former leader Carles Puigdemont in absentia
Spain is appealing a new law that would have allowed the former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont, above, to be elected at a distance while he waits in Berlin for German courts to rule on a Spanish request to extradite him. (Reuters)
Updated 09 May 2018

Spain moves to block Catalan bid to elect former leader Carles Puigdemont in absentia

Spain moves to block Catalan bid to elect former leader Carles Puigdemont in absentia

MADRID: Spain moved on Wednesday to block pro-independence politicians in Catalonia from voting in former leader Carles Puigdemont as their regional head as a deadline looms to form a government and avoid fresh elections.
Government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Spain was appealing a new law that would have allowed the former leader to be elected at a distance while he waits in Berlin for German courts to rule on a Spanish request to extradite him.
The law was approved last week by the Barcelona parliament, which is still dominated by secessionist forces since elections last December which Madrid had hoped would stifle the independence movement.
Catalan lawmakers must select a leader and form a government by May 22 to avoid a new round of elections.