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World Spain’s Supreme Court Ousts Catalonia’s Separatist President

15:45  28 september  2020
15:45  28 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Spain ’ s Supreme Court has upheld a decision to remove Catalan separatist leader Quim Torra from his position as head of the autonomous region. Catalonia ' s regional leader Quim Torra arriving at Spain ' s Supreme Court . © REUTERS/Sergio Perez.

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(Bloomberg) -- Spain’s Supreme Court has barred Catalonia’s regional president from office for 18 months, adding a further dose of instability to a country immersed in its worst economic crisis in living memory.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Joaquim Torra leaves a Supreme Court session in Madrid on Sept. 17. © Getty Images Joaquim Torra leaves a Supreme Court session in Madrid on Sept. 17.

Joaquim Torra was found guilty of disobeying a court order to remove pro-independence symbols from Catalan public buildings in a “repeated, stubborn and obstinate” manner, according to the ruling released Monday.

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Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by Spain ' s Supreme Court for his role in the attempted secession by authorities in Barcelona in 2017. After jailing the nine separatist leaders, the court issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont himself.

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his 13-member cabinet were among those summoned to Spain ' s National Court . About two dozen politicians and elected officials from Catalan separatist parties gathered at the gates of the Supreme Court in a show of support for the lawmakers under

The decision has deep ramifications for the whole of Spain since Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is seeking support from Torra’s separatist allies in order to pass a budget he needs to rebuild an economy hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than any other in Europe. The ruling is likely to inflame sentiment among pro-independence voters and make it politically costly for their representatives to do a deal with Sanchez in Madrid.

Torra’s deputy, Pere Aragones, will become interim president, with limited powers. But the Catalan Parliament is also racked by political divisions and may struggle to agree on a permanent successor.

If it fails to appoint a new leader within two months, the region will be heading for a snap election, likely in February.

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Two senior figures in the sacked Catalan separatist government must stay in jail but six others can go free, a Spanish supreme court judge has ruled. Two top activists must also remain in jail. The separatists were remanded in custody last month. Catalan ex- President Carles Puigdemont fled to

MADRID — Spain ’ s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders Monday to prison terms of between nine and 13 years on charges of sedition, a ruling In response to Monday’ s ruling, separatist sympathizers in Catalonia vowed massive demonstrations in a rejection of the sentences.

Torra became president in 2018 after former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont fled Spain to avoid being imprisoned over the botched push for independence in 2017. Puigdemont picked Torra, previously a little known activist with minimal political experience, to take over.

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