Catalan seccessionists denounce Madrid 'coup'

Puigdemont’s group denounces Constitutional Court appeal

25 January, 18:28

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, JANUARY 25 - The group backing former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in the Barcelona parliament on Thursday accused Madrid of preparing "a coup d'état" and of wanting to "comandeer the will of the Catalan people". The accusations came after Spanish deputy premier Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said the Premier Mariano Rajoy had asked the Council of State to give its opinion on an appeal to be lodged with the Constitutional Court on Friday against the decision of the Catalan parliamentary speaker Roger Torrent to present Puigdemont for investiture. The appeal should have the effect of preventing Puigdemont's candidature from being presented.

    The former president, who is currently on self-imposed exile in Belgium and faces arrest in Spain, has the backing of the absolute majority. However, Madrid claims his name cannot be put forward, despite the victory of the pro-independence front in elections on December 21. JxCat party whip Eduard Pujol has slammed "the threats" and "arbitrariness" of the central government and said Puigdemont's candidature "will not be withdrawn". "These are serious hours," he said. (ANSAmed).

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