Spain has taken steps to prevent the election of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont who's living in Brussels to avoid arrest over leading a bid for Catalan independence in October.
Self-exiled Carles Puigdemont wants to appear by videolink to be elected from Belgium following Catalonia's abortive attempt to separate from Spain.
Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says he wants to return to Catalonia as soon as possible to take oath as the region's next president.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy rejects the ousted Catalan leader's proposition and said he will speak with the new leaders of the region.
Puigdemont said he hoped to be able to return to Spain if he was elected a member of the Catalan parliament, but he was not sure if he would be arrested and put in custody.
The speaker and four lawmakers were summoned to answer charges of rebellion. Earlier, the Constitutional Court officially annulled the Catalan parliament's October 27 declaration of independence from Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calls on Catalans to support him in a regional election as Catalan Parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell and five other legislators appear before Spain's Supreme Court.
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont went to Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence. Madrid demands his return on sedition and other charges.
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's lawyer told said, "I have just received word from my client that indeed it (the warrant) has been issued against the president and four other ministers who are in Belgium."
Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont says he will stay put in Brussels as Spain’s top court ordered the suspension of the Catalan parliament’s independence declaration.
The Spanish government said in a statement they will invoke article 155 of the constitution. Catalonia's regional government had earlier said in a letter that independence will be declared if Spain offers no talks.
Buoyed by the hundreds of thousands who marched in support of a united Spain, Prime Minister Rajoy threatens to remove regional government.
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