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Catalan separatist leader in Copenhagen: Spain wants him arrested


Catalonia's parliament has proposed former leader Carles Puigdemont as a candidate for president.

"Soon we will form a new government ..."

Puigdemont was deposed by the Spanish government as it took immediate constitutional action to rescind the Catalan independence bid.

The Spanish government assumed control of Catalonia on October 27 after Puigdemont's then-government held an illegal referendum to unilaterally declared independence.

He risks being arrested if he returns from self-imposed exile, following rebellion and sedition charges the Spanish government and judges levied against him.

However, the Catalan parliament's speaker said that Puigdemont was the only candidate chosen by parliament to rule the region.

Puigdemont faces immediate arrest if he returns to Spain and, if he remains overseas, central authorities in Madrid said they will block any attempt he might make to be Catalonia's president.


A request by top Spanish prosecutors to reinstate an European arrest warrant for the ousted Catalan leader as he travelled to Denmark for a debate was on Monday dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The Catalan separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, has just arrived at Copenhagen Airport, despite the Spanish government calling for the Danes to arrest him so he can be extradited back to Spain.

Puigdemont remains in exile in Belgium as he faces rebellion charges for his role in the independence movement.

Spain's Supreme Court dropped an arrest warrant in December but the prosecutor applied for it to be reissued on Monday. Together the parties secured 70 out of the 135 seats.

The former president, who will be arrested immediately if he returns to Spain, traveled to Copenhagen for a conference - the first time he's left Brussels, Belgium, in 80 days. After Spanish central authorities disbanded the Catalan cabinet and called an election in the northeastern region, results granted separatists a slim parliamentary majority. Torrent also said he wants to discuss the situation with Spain's President Mariano Rajoy, reports El Confidencial.

"It won't happen. The only legitimacy is that of article 155".

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