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Spain moves to block Catalan ex-leader forming government

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont addresses the media after a meeting in Brussels, Belgium January 24, 2018. — Reuters pic

MADRID, May 10 — Spain moved today to block pro-independence politicians in Catalonia from voting in former leader Carles Puigdemont, who is currently in Germany, as their regional head as a deadline looms to form a government and avoid fresh elections.

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Madrid said it was appealing a new Catalan law that would have allowed the erstwhile chief to be elected at a distance while he waits in Berlin for German courts to rule on a Spanish request to extradite him.

“We are appealing… against a law that aims to swear in someone who has fled from justice and is living abroad,” Rajoy told reporters at the lower house of parliament in Madrid.

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