In Catalonia elected successor Pokdemon

In Catalonia elected successor Pokdemon

Quim Torra has been elected president of Catalonia with 66 to 65 votes in the regional legislature.

Catalan presidential hopeful Quim Torra says he will work toward building an independent republic if he is elected as the new chief of the restive region, as expected in a Monday parliamentary vote.

The parliament's election came almost five months after local elections in Catalonia.

Pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in regional elections called in December by Rajoy.

Mr Puigdemont, who Mr Torra yesterday insisted remained the "legitimate president", has been accused of deliberately pursuing confrontation with his choice of successor.

Torra, a fiercely nationalistic politician who previously headed one of Catalonia's biggest pro-independence grassroots organizations, was put forward by Puigdemont in a move widely seen as an attempt to continue to call the shots from overseas.

Torra is an MP from Puigdemont's pro-independence party, Together for Catalonia (JxCat). Torra will have another chance during a second round on Monday, when only a simple majority is required.

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Torra also outlined a series of measures aimed at "building the republic", such as drafting a Catalan constitution.

The Catalan region now finally has a leader after the Spanish government suspended the region's autonomy and sacked the Puigdmont's government in the wake of the October 2017 independence referendum, which was declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

"The Catalan republic is equality, liberty and fraternity".

Ines Arrimadas, leader of the centrist, unionist Ciudadanos party, told Torra on Saturday: "I don't know if you will be president of the regional government, but you will never be the one of all Catalans".

Torra was recently forced to apologise for discriminatory remarks expressed on Catalan nationalist social networks aimed at other Spaniards. This could help win support from sectors of the electorate anxious that an insistence on independence is causing the Catalan government to neglect other issues. As expected, the four lawmakers of a far-left party, the Popular Unity Candidacy, abstained from the voting.

Torra again suggested that Puigdemont could play some role in his future government despite being formally barred from returning to the premiership.

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