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US News Catalan President Quim Torra banned from holding any public office for 18 months

17:25  28 september  2020
17:25  28 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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During his campaign for the legislative elections in 2019, Quim Torra displayed separatist symbols and flags, despite orders to withdraw them from the electoral commission. The Supreme Court sentenced him to an 18-month ban on holding public office.

The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday, September 28 banned the head of the autonomous executive of Catalonia, Quim Torra , from exercising public functions for 18 months for acts of disobedience, a decision which should lead to the organization of early regional elections.

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At the origin of this case, the refusal of Torra to withdraw during the campaign of the legislative elections of 2019 pro-independence symbols, such as flags or yellow ribbons, despite the injunctions of the Spanish electoral commission which estimated that it was propaganda.

The president of the Generalitat of Catalonia defended his actions by calling for freedom of expression. An appeal of this decision is possible but it takes effect from the moment it is announced, which means that the Catalan vice-president Pere Aragones will soon become the head of the regional government.

The ban could lead to early elections in the northeastern region of Spain to find a replacement if, as expected, the regional parliament does not nominate a candidate for the post in the coming days.

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