MADRID, Election authorities have banned
Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain in 2017 after
a secession attempt, from running in EU polls, his party said Monday.
Together for Catalonia issued a statement accusing the electoral
commission of wanting to silence and push aside Puigdemont so that he
can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions.
The commission decision, seen by AFP, also excludes Toni Comin, who was in
Catalonia's regional government when the secession bid happened and is now in
selfexile in Belgium.
Clara Ponsati, another former Catalan minister who fled Spain and planned
to run in the elections, has been banned as well.
The commission would not comment when contacted by AFP.
Puigdemont, Comin and Ponsati were all part of a push to hold an
independence referendum in October 2017 in defiance of a court ban.
That sparked Spain's deepest political crisis in decades.
The referendum in the wealthy northeastern region was followed by a short
lived declaration of independence.
Then conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy promptly moved in, taking
direct control of the region, sacking the Catalan executive and calling snap
That prompted Puigdemont and others to flee Spain.
Those Catalan leaders who remained in Spain are now on trial in Madrid
over their role in the secession bid.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)