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Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont refused Friday to rule out fresh elections in the Spanish region if the jailed candidate chosen by Catalan separatist parties to form a new government is not allowed to be sworn in.
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has declared victory for the "Catalan Republic" over the Spanish government in Catalonia's snap election, with secessionist parties having held onto their majority in the region's parliament.
Catalonia, the breakaway region with its own culture and language in northeastern Spain, is set to hold snap elections on Thursday that are widely seen as another referendum on independence on Thursday.
Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers were released with conditions in Belgium on Sunday after turning themselves in to face a Spanish warrant for their arrest.
The separatist party of deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is facing an arrest warrant issued by Spain, said Sunday that they wanted him as candidate for regional elections on December 21.
Catalonia woke up Saturday under the direct control of Madrid as the Spanish prime minister took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the region’s leaders and dissolving its parliament hours after lawmakers declared independence.
The European Commission says it has not changed its position on the Catalonia crisis after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moved to take back powers from the region.
A far-left Catalan party on Monday threatened "massive civil disobedience" if Spain dismisses the region's government to stave off its threat to declare independence.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont finds himself in a difficult position after the far-left Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party delivered a letter demanding he declare independence by Monday.
The far-left allies of Catalonia's separatist government said Saturday talks with Madrid were "impossible" and called on regional leader Carles Puigdemont to push ahead with immediate independence.
Spain’s government has defiantly rejected calls for mediation over Catalonia’s push for independence as the two factions headed towards another showdown.
An agreement between Paris Saint-Germain and the Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) fan group means the club's Ultras will again be allowed to hold season tickets together in the Auteuil end of the Parc des Princes.