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Catalan independence movement takes control upon parliament’s return in boost for exiled Puigdemont

Spanish PM Rajoy threatens a return to direct rule if Catalonia tries to appoint a president based in Brussels

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Yellow ribbons marked the seats of Catalan parliamentarians who could not attend the opening session because they are in jail in Madrid AP

The independence movement in Catalonia regained control of the troubled region’s parliament without difficulties when it assembled on Wednesday for the first time since December’s elections – but their attempts to elect nationalist leader Carles Puigdemont as president-in-exile will likely not prove so straightforward.

Earlier this week Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy issued a strongly-worded warning that direct rule from Madrid will continue if Mr Puigdemont, who faces almost certain arrest if he returns to Catalonia from Belgium, attempts to govern remotely.

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The Independent

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