5th July 2020
Carles Puigdemont
Barcelona News Catalonia News Madrid News Main News

Carles Puigdemont banned from EU elections

Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, along with two of his former cabinet ministers, has been barred from standing in the European Parliament elections by Spain’s electoral authority.

The Catalan independence figurehead has been listed as the top candidate for the 26 May vote by his Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) party, which also includes his colleagues Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí.

ALSO READ: Andalusian village ‘executes’ figure of Carles Puigdemont

However, unionists Ciudadanos (Cs) and the People’s Party (PP) objected to the trio running from Belgium, accusing them of being ‘state fugitives’, and filed an appeal to the Spanish Electoral Board.

Carles Puigdemont
Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ousted president, during a press conference in Brussels on 28 July 2018. (AFP / John Thys)

In a joint statement, the three candidates have described the development as a ‘flagrant violation of the fundamental human right to stand in elections’ and said they will contest the decision.

‘This is more evidence of collusion between a judiciary that ought to be independent and certain members of the political system,’ they added, referencing the on-going Catalan trial in Madrid.

Junts per Catalunya is currently awaiting an explanation from the authority. It will have 48 hours to appeal the ruling, which came in the immediate aftermath of the Spanish general election.

Related posts

Ryanair confirms intention to end operations at Girona

Newsdesk / ACN

PP’s spokeswoman to head party in European election

Newsdesk / ACN

Spain’s right and far-right unite at Madrid rally

SiE Newsdesk / AFP / Agencies

Quim Torra in court over yellow ribbons controversy

Newsdesk / ACN

Chinese protest against ‘racist BBVA’ in Madrid

AFP

Spain’s prosecutor to keep rebellion charges

Catalan News ACN

Leave a Comment