Belgium: Exiled Puigdemont says agreement to form Catalan govt. close

The former president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont said that Catalan parties are close to forming a government, while speaking at an event in Ghent on Tuesday. The exiled leader told the audience at the Liberaal Archief, Belgium's centre for liberal parties, that his power was vested in him by the Catalan Parliament and as such he does not have a 'symbolic vocation.' He added that while it... Еще may be difficult to form a government from abroad, it was not impossible. Puigdemont also claimed that were he to return to Spain, he would be immediately jailed despite having the popular support of Catalans. The former president has remained in Belgium since the unsanctioned Catalan independence elections in October.

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