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Former head of Catalonia Puigdemont forms his new political party

A new political force will be named The Call
19:07, 28 October 2018
The former head of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, announced the creation of a new political party. The new group will be named The Call, according to AFP.

October 27, on the anniversary of the vote on the region independence, which Madrid declared illegal, the party held a constituent assembly.

“The year that separates us from this historical date did not pass the way we wanted. But retreating is not an option,” said Quim Torra, current President of the Government of Catalonia, Puigdemont's supporter.

The meeting was held in the city of Manresa, near the prison, which contains a number of ex-Ministers of Catalonia, involved in the preparation of the referendum. Their trial should begin in 2019.

We recall, a referendum on independence was held in Catalonia on October 1, 2017. According to the results, 90.18% voted for independence, the turnout was 43%. The government of Spain did not recognize the de facto declaration of Catalonia independence.

October 27, the Catalan government voted to declare independence from Spain.

At the same time, the Senate of Spain voted to introduce Art. 155 of the Constitution of the country, according to which self-government in Catalonia was suspended. On the same day, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, dismissed the Parliament of Catalonia and announced new elections. After a corresponding report in the official newspaper of the Spanish government, Catalonian governance was passed to Madrid.

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