Exiled Catalan Leader Wishes To Head New Government Via Skype

Catalan parliament leader Carles Puigdemont gives a press conference during exile in Brussels.

Exiled leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has raised the possibility that he could lead the newly elected Catalonia Government via Skype. The former President of Catalonia, fled to Belgium in 2017 following charges by the Spanish government of rebellion and sedition for his role in the region’s illegal independence elections. Upon returning to Catalonia, he would face immediate arrest from Spanish officials.

Despite this fact, on Wednesday, the Government of Catalonia declared that they would seek to re-elect Puigdemont as their president. This move has raised legal and logistical concerns for how a government could function without the physical presence of their president. As reported by the Financial Times, the possibility of using Skype to lead has been suggested.

As reported by Reuters, the Spanish government announced on Friday that leading from abroad would be impossible and illegal. Speaking during a weekly press conference, Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo explained that the move would go against clear parliamentary rules.

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