Fugitive former Catalan chief Carles Puigdemont denied Monday he was giving up the battle for re-election as regional president following the publication of textual content messages through which he reportedly stated the Spanish authorities has gained the battle in Catalonia.
In a tweet Wednesday, Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium months in the past and faces arrest on return, stated he was “human and there are occasions that I additionally doubt.” However he added that he was president “and I will not cower or step again,” including “We proceed!”
He was apparently reacting to a Spanish tv channel’s publication of photographs displaying personal telephone messages he allegedly despatched Tuesday to a fellow fugitive lawmaker, Toni Comin, saying the battle is over and that he has been sacrificed by his allies.
On Tuesday, the Catalan parliament postponed indefinitely a session during which Puigdemont was because of be re-elected president of the area.
The postponement left the professional-Catalan independence camp in disarray and the appointment of a president and formation of a brand new regional authorities unsure.
The Spanish authorities seized management of the Catalonia area in late October, and referred to as new Catalan elections in a bid to quell the area’s unlawful independence drive.
Puigdemont was re-elected as lawmaker in December. Spain’s prime courtroom dominated lately that Puigdemont might solely be re-elected as president if bodily current within the parliament in Barcelona and should first acquire courtroom permission.
Spain’s Telecinco revealed the telephone textual content messages Wednesday, saying they have been obtained when Comin was seen checking his telephone in the course of the filming of an occasion.
In his tweet, Puigdemont didn’t point out the messages however wrote: “I’m a journalist and I’ve all the time understood that there are limits, comparable to privateness, which ought to by no means be violated.”
Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria stated “the time had come to simply accept publicly what is claimed privately.” She referred to as on the Catalan parliament speaker to start out contacts with regional events to decide on a brand new candidate.
Comin, considered one of 4 ex-Catalan ministers who fled to Brussels with Puigdemont, warned on Twitter he might take authorized motion over the publication of the messages, including that “any message devoid of its context all the time loses its which means.”
The textual content messages seem to have been despatched across the similar time Puigdemont’s camp Tuesday aired a video of him reacting to the parliament postponement. He stated he was standing agency and referred to as on professional-independence lawmakers to stay unified in re-electing him.
Aritz Parra in Madrid contributed to this report.
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