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Catalonia Lawmakers Elect New Pro-Independence Leader

HeadlineJan 11, 2016

Catalonia’s Parliament has voted in a new pro-independence leader, restarting the push to secede from Spain over the next 18 months. The new leader, Carles Puigdemont, is expected to begin building an independent army, central bank and judiciary. The move comes after elections last month left Spain with a deeply divided Parliament. The renewed push toward independence in Catalonia could pressure the Socialist party to form a coalition with the conservative ruling People’s Party, potentially sidelining the leftist, anti-austerity Podemos party.

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