Catalan Parliament Defies Madrid with 2nd Vote for Arrested Secessionist Leader

Photo by Mikel Marlasca Marín

It looks like the resistance is alive and well in Catalonia.  The parliament there tried, this past Monday, to once again nominate a pro-secessionist for President.  That man, Jordi Sanchez, is currently in prison, and has been since March when he was arrested after the parliament first voted for him to replace the exiled former President, Carles Puidgemont.


Jailed Sanchez gets second bid for Catalan presidency after UN rights boost

 Catalonia’s parliament made a second attempt on Monday to put forward as the region’s new leader a pro-independence politician awaiting trial on charges of rebellion, after a U.N. rights group said he should be allowed to run for office.

Lawmakers first selected Jordi Sanchez in March, but that bid was dropped as he was unable to attend the investiture ceremony, the government in Madrid having jailed him for helping orchestrate pro-independence protests last year.

The investiture that parliament’s speaker announced for Friday – but which Spain’s Supreme Court seems likely to block – would mark Catalonia’s fourth attempt to choose a president since a loose alliance of secessionist groups won an election there in December.

Spain’s central authorities called that vote having taken charge of the wealthy northeastern region in October, when it declared independence in an act that the courts said was illegal and that landed several members of the regional cabinet and civic leaders behind bars.

As well as Sanchez, Catalan lawmakers have since the ballot put forward former leader Carles Puigdemont and his ally Jordi Turull as potential presidents.

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