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Spain scoffs at possibility Catalan's Puigdemont could lead region in exile

Spain scoffs at possibility Catalan's Puigdemont could lead region in exile
From CBC - January 12, 2018

The Spanish government dismissedoutright Friday the possibility of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in the courts.

Catalan separatists agreed Wednesday to try to re-elect Puigdemont as regional leader, raising the scenario of the fugitive former leader governing by video link from Belgium. He faces arrest in Spain for sedition and rebellion.

"Parliamentary rules are very clear," said Spanish government spokespersonInigo Mendez de Vigo at a weekly press conference. "They do not contemplate the possibility of a [parliamentary] presence that is not in person.

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