can govern from belgium
Last Updated : GMT 05:07:50
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
Last Updated : GMT 05:07:50
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle

Leader Carles Puigdemont

Can govern from Belgium

Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle

Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleCan govern from Belgium

Former leader Carles Puigdemont
Barcelona - Muslimchronicle

Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont, who was sacked by Madrid over his attempt to break from Spain, said Friday he can govern the region from Belgium where he is in self-imposed exile as he eyes a comeback after scoring big in elections.

"There are only two options: in prison I would not be able to address people, write, meet people," Puigdemont, who risks arrest on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds if he returns to Spain, told Catalunya Radio.

"The only way is to continue doing it freely and safely."

"Nowadays big business, academic and research projects are essentially managed using new technology," he added.

His comments came as Catalonia's new parliamentary speaker, Roger Torrent from the pro-independence ERC party, held talks with party representatives to pick a candidate for the regional presidency.

Puigdemont, who was sacked along with his cabinet on October 27 after the regional parliament declared independence, is the only candidate from Catalonia's separatist grouping to lead the region.

And given pro-independence parties won an absolute majority in elections on December 21, he in theory stands a good chance to be voted in at a parliamentary session due by the end of the month.

- Plan to 'restore policies' -

But there is a huge stumbling block in the way: he is in Belgium and won't come back to Spain.

The Catalan parliament's legal experts say the contender has to be physically present.

But Puigdemont insists he has the legitimate mandate of the people to rule after his Together for Catalonia list won the most votes within the separatist camp in the elections.

He wants to present his candidacy and government programme to parliament -- a prerequisite to being voted in -- remotely via videolink or by having someone else read it for him.

The central government in Madrid, though, has warned it will take the matter to court and keep direct control over Catalonia if Puigdemont tries to govern from Belgium.

"To persist in this way is not the solution, to the contrary, it is a bad idea," government spokesman Inigo Mendez said.

Ultimately, it will be up to Torrent and his deputies -- three of whom are pro-independence and three others against it -- to decide whether to allow lawmakers to vote for a president even if he is not present.

On Monday, Puigdemont will take part in a debate at the University of Copenhagen - his first public trip since fleeing Spain.

His visit to Denmark could help avoid problems in Belgium, where European citizens can live without a residency permit for three months, after which they theoretically have to leave. If they return they can stay another three months.

In the interview, Puigdemont said he wanted to reinstate his sacked government as well as its policies, marked by disobedience towards Spanish courts and a failed strategy to break from Spain while he was president.

"We have a plan to restore democracy, the institutions and policies," he said.

"The result of these elections validate our government programme."

Madrid's direct rule, imposed after the independence declaration, has caused resentment in a region that had enjoyed considerable autonomy before its leaders attempted to break away from Spain.

According to Economy Minister Luis de Guindos, the secession crisis -- that kicked off in earnest on October 1 when Catalan leaders held an independence referendum despite a court ban -- has taken a financial toll.

He has said the crisis has slowed economic growth in the region at an estimated cost of one billion euros ($1.2 billion).

More than 3,000 companies have moved their legal headquarters out of the region as uncertainty persists.

 

themuslimchronicle
themuslimchronicle

GMT 08:10 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Kurds invited to join Syria peace

GMT 08:13 2018 Monday ,22 January

West's 'Russiaphobia' worse than

GMT 06:50 2018 Sunday ,21 January

Brexit special trade agreement possible

GMT 06:30 2018 Friday ,19 January

Wall idea not 'informed'

GMT 06:04 2018 Thursday ,18 January

Netanyahu: US embassy could move

GMT 08:06 2018 Wednesday ,17 January

Iran should listen to demands

GMT 07:55 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

Destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army'

GMT 07:51 2018 Monday ,15 January

German defence minister warns
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

can govern from belgium can govern from belgium

 



Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleSkincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 09:06 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleEurope brings on charm and blue skies

GMT 08:37 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Europe brings on charm and blue skies
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleModern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 10:57 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchroniclePuigdemont candidate for Catalan president

GMT 08:25 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleAmazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 08:31 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Amazon to open first cashierless shop
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleThe Rake announces editorial updates

GMT 08:20 2018 Wednesday ,17 January

The Rake announces editorial updates
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleAirbus to get '10 years of visibility'

GMT 08:39 2018 Monday ,22 January

Airbus to get '10 years of visibility'
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleFor the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 10:46 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleUS Christian tourists see deep meaning

GMT 08:00 2018 Monday ,22 January

US Christian tourists see deep meaning
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicleWENN appoints entertainment journalist

GMT 09:07 2018 Monday ,22 January

WENN appoints entertainment journalist

GMT 10:58 2017 Monday ,18 December

Haftar describes Skhirat as expired agreement

GMT 07:11 2015 Tuesday ,25 August

MAC Cosmetics to launch Vamplify lip collection

GMT 12:47 2017 Wednesday ,27 September

New blood and old masters keep

GMT 09:22 2017 Wednesday ,01 November

Tensions rise after Israel blows up tunnel

GMT 10:30 2016 Sunday ,25 September

Your dog can make you feel better, and here’s why

GMT 09:46 2014 Tuesday ,04 March

We Supports Morocco’s autonomy plan

GMT 09:26 2017 Wednesday ,20 December

Celtics edge Pacers on Rozier's steal and layup

GMT 07:55 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

Fatah’s leader rebukes Trump’s decision

GMT 07:48 2017 Monday ,06 March

Birth Defects Jump Twentyfold

GMT 11:48 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Branagh, Friel in British double at International Emmys

GMT 09:54 2017 Saturday ,02 December

‘Coco’, ‘Moana’ see Disney get diversity right

GMT 18:09 2017 Sunday ,29 October

Saudi Aramco in drive to ­curb emissions

GMT 09:40 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye

GMT 14:43 2017 Sunday ,16 July

Iraq denies intention to militarily intervene

GMT 12:13 2017 Sunday ,23 July

media host reveals secrets of her success

GMT 10:03 2017 Monday ,11 December

HM King's condolences offered to HM Sultan Qaboos

GMT 14:00 2017 Friday ,08 December

Yasmine underlines importance of Dubai festival

GMT 09:00 2017 Tuesday ,07 November

2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN

GMT 09:00 2011 Saturday ,02 July

Pevonia natural products a face saver
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
Themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle
 
 Themuslimchronicle Facebook,themuslimchronicle facebook  Themuslimchronicle Twitter,themuslimchronicle twitter Themuslimchronicle Rss,themuslimchronicle rss  Themuslimchronicle Youtube,themuslimchronicle youtube  Themuslimchronicle Youtube,themuslimchronicle youtube
muslimchronicle muslimchronicle muslimchronicle muslimchronicle
themuslimchronicle themuslimchronicle themuslimchronicle
themuslimchronicle
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle, themuslimchronicle