Proposing self-exiled Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president deals blow to Spain's efforts to derail Catalonia's independence movement. Meanwhile, Madrid requested apex court to reactivate a European arrest warrant against Puigdemont.
Self-exiled Carles Puigdemont wants to appear by videolink to be elected from Belgium following Catalonia's abortive attempt to separate from Spain.
The three Catalan defendants face charges of sedition and rebellion after the independence declaration. Meanwhile Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was re-elected despite self-imposed exile in Brussels.
Carles Puigdemont asks Spain to accept the recent election results and recognise the "legitimate government" of Catalonia.
King Felipe emphasised importance of respecting diversity and common good on Sunday night. After winning a majority in parliament King Felipe calls independence parties to renounce claims of "secession".
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.
It was hardly a sweeping victory as the separatists lost support compared to the previous vote in 2015, and an anti-independence party for the first time became Catalonia's biggest single force in parliament.
The local election due on Thursday is a battle between those who want to remain part of Spain and the secessionists.
Lawyers for the two officials have lodged requests with the High Court to be released, saying they had not shown any resistance to the Spanish Prime Minister's decision to instigate direct rule over Catalonia.
Ledezma is the best-known detained opponent of leftist President Nicolas Maduro after Leopoldo Lopez, and had spearheaded street protests against the president in 2014.
The former Catalan president's comments indicate that he is backing down from his staunchly pro-independence stance, which cost him his leadership.
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