Catalonia's radical separatists clear means for brand spanking new chief

Puigdemont appoints a candidate to chair the Generalitat

Former Catalan President renounces leadership from exile

Coalition spokesman Eduard Pujol says they will try to elect Puigdemont by May 14.

However, Mr Torra could still be elected in a second round of voting to be held on Monday in which only a simple majority in the 135-seat regional parliament is needed, provided the far-left CUP party can be persuaded not to vote against his candidacy.

Former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, attends a a meeting with members of the Junts per Catalunya party, in a hotel in Berlin, Saturday, April 5, 2018.

There are now 70 lawmakers in the regional parliament who are pro-independence, against 65 who aren't.

Catalonia has been in political limbo since December a year ago when pro-independence parties won early elections.

Catalan lawmakers must pick a leader to form a government by May 22 to avert more elections, following a standoff during which separatist politicians put forward candidates who were blocked by the courts for being either overseas or in jail.

He proposed political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor, urging the next regional executive to build an independent country.

UCLA women's golf advances to NCAA championships
Washington's team score steadily rose each round, but its 10-under team total was enough to get the Huskies into the postseason. Bixby finished the three-round championship with an 11-over 227, following rounds of 72 on Monday and 79 on Tuesday.

Area county attorney to run for attorney general
A bipartisan state Legislature committee will select an attorney general to fill the remainder of Schneiderman's term. Attorney Preet Bharara, and perennial candidate Zephyr Teachout.

Palace releases royal letter approving Harry's marriage
The Queen previously gave her consent for her grandson to marry Markle after a meeting at Buckingham Palace in March. The first six people in line to the throne must seek the Queen's approval to marry.

Spanish courts have blocked past efforts by Catalan separatists to continue their secession push.

But he has been a major cultural figure over the last decade pushing for the region to fully break from Spain.

Mr Puigdemont also explained he plans to remain the global voice of the Catalan government, while Mr Torra, if invested, would oversee the region's internal affairs.

Catalonia's pro-independence parties risk an election being automatically triggered if they don't form a government by May 22.

Who is Carles Puigdemont? .

Puigdemont is overseas in self-exile and faces jail if he returns, while other candidates such as civic leader Jordi Sanchez are in prison, charged with rebellion for their role in the independence drive.

But a German court rejected extraditing him on that charge, judging that rebellion implies violence, and ruling that Puigdemont was not personally involved in violent acts during the referendum.

Latest News