Catalonia’s exleader Puigdemont banned from EU polls: party

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)