Spain’s Constitutional Court rules that former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont cannot become leader again without being physically present at the regional parliament.
Catalan parliament was dissolved by the Spanish government in October after unilaterally declaring independence. The Catalan government was also dismissed. Puigdemont remains in exile in Belgium as he faces rebellion and sedition charges.
December election separatists won a majority in a regional parliamentary election. They have been planning to vote on Tuesday to approve Puigdemont’s re-election as Catalan president. He is the only candidate for the post.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that Puigdemont cannot receive the authority to form a government unless he is present in parliament with a judge’s permission to attend. Further ordered the regional parliament to suspend the confidence vote.The ruling came in response to a request by the central government.Media agencies