The Remote Control Presidency of Carles Puigdemont?

Carles Puigdemont may be positioning himself to fill in a symbolic leadership role that may allow him to indirectly ‘lead’ Catalonia without having to be the “official” President of Catalonia..

Puigdemont may seek ‘symbolic’ leadership role in Catalonia

Pro-independence parties are attempting to negotiate a deal to ensure the investiture of a new Catalan president, with Carles Puigdemont determined to return to the post, possibly in a symbolic role, despite his self-imposed exile in Belgium.

Mr Puigdemont has been meeting in Brussels in recent days with representatives of secessionist parties with a view to overcoming the tensions that were highlighted last week when his scheduled investiture session was postponed.

The speaker of parliament, Roger Torrent of the Catalan Republican Left (ERC), declared the postponement, citing a lack of legal guarantees. Mr Puigdemont is wanted in Spain to face charges of sedition and rebellion and would face arrest if he returned, while the constitutional court has said he cannot be sworn in as president from afar.

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