TIMES OF LION

JAN/28/2018, TIMES OF LION, SPAIN

A Spanish court has moved to block pro-independence politician Carles Puigdemont from assuming the presidency of Catalonia.

The former leader has been living in Brussels since he declared independence in October, resulting in charges of sedition and rebellion against him.

Mr Puigdemont is the only candidate for the Catalonian presidency.

But the country’s constitutional court has now ruled he cannot lead the region’s parliament from abroad.

Mr Puigdemont believes he was given a democratic mandate for his declaration of independence during a controversial referendum, which Spain declared illegal.

The charges against the separatist leader are serious, and could result in 30 years in prison.

Supporters of Mr Puigdemont had argued that he could carry out his role with the use of technology such as video links from Belgium, where he is currently living.

The Spanish government, however, has contested that a “fugitive” cannot lead a…

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