Detained leader has little chance of becoming Catalonia president

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Barcelona late last year. He fled into exile in Belgium after the regional Parliament declared Catalonia independence. PHOTO | JOSEPH LAGO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Speaker of the separatist-controlled regional parliament, Roger Torrent, formally proposed Jordi Sanchez, 53, as a candidate.
  • Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is in exile in Belgium.
  • Madrid imposed direct rule over the region in October after the Catalan parliament declared independence.

Catalan lawmakers proposed a separatist leader currently detained over Spain's crackdown on Catalonia's secession drive as a candidate for president of the region, its parliament said on Monday.


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