It seems that the Catalan government lawyers are trying to throw a monkey wrench into the plans to install the Skype Presidency of exiled independence leader, Carles Puigdemont. The lawyers are saying that Puigdemont cannot be sworn in remotely because regulations do not allow it.
LAWYERS for the Catalan Government have said it is essential that a nominee for president must be physically present in the parliamentary chamber for debate and voting.
In an advisory report, the legal experts said regulations prevented a president being sworn in at a distance — via Skype, for instance — as deposed President Carles Puigdemont planned to do from exile in Brussels.
Former vice president and leader of the pro-independence ERC, Oriol Junqueras, is still in a Madrid jail, as is deposed Catalan Home Affairs Minister, Joaquim Forn.
All were re-elected as MPs in the December 21 election called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, but a judge has denied them permission to be released to vote in today’s opening session of parliament. Six other former cabinet ministers spent a month in jail and were released on bail of up to €100,000 (£88,700).
Puigdemont, who is facing charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, would face immediate arrest were he to return from his self-imposed exile in Belgium, which is why his party — Together for Catalonia (JxCat) — wants him installed as president through Skype.