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Secessionist Torra chosen to lead Catalonia in end to power vacuum

Secessionist Torra chosen to lead Catalonia in end to power vacuum

In a fiery investiture speech, Torra referred to Puigdemont as "our president", labeled his own mandate as "provisionary" and wasted no time in resuming hostilities against Madrid.

Torra failed to achieve an absolute majority in a first parliamentary vote on Saturday but he's expected to be elected on Monday by simple majority after an anti-capitalist separatist party announced it would abstain.

After Torra's address Puigdemont appeared on Catalan television, speaking from Germany where he is free on bail pending a court decision on whether to extradite him to Spain.

In October 2017, the Parliament of Catalonia after the disputed referendum, declared independence from Spain, despite protests from the part of official Madrid.

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Polls suggest that Catalans are virtually split down the middle on the independence issue.

"The CUP will not block the formation of a new government", the party said.

Pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in regional elections called in December by Rajoy.

On Saturday, he had focused entirely on independence.

Torra lambasted European institutions for their "unacceptable silence" over the Catalan crisis. Four other people have been in detention, and twenty five in complete face charges of rebellion, sedition and corruption.

He was handpicked as a candidate by deposed leader Carles Puigdemont.

The Catalan Parliament on Monday elected the 55-year-old Deputy Kim Torr President of the regional government, reports El Pais, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to the UNN.

The new leader of the Catalan government supported the party Pokdemon Together for Cataloniaand separatists from the party Republican Left of Catalonia.

Barroso said the ERC wants a moderate approach to avoid a clampdown by Madrid and to play a longer independence game.

The CUP said that while it "wouldn't block" Torra's election, it also won't necessarily support his government if it does not continue Puigdemont's open defiance of Spanish authorities and push for secession.

For Oriol Bartomeus, political analyst at Barcelona Autonomous University, what is in sight is "a divided government - there could be fallout".