Catalonia was expected to have formed a new government on Wednesday—almost seven months after Spain dismissed the previous cabinet following a declaration of independence. In the first major political clash since Quim Torra was sworn in as Catalan president a week ago, the Spanish government blocked the appointment of his nominated ministers. The reason: four of them were dismissed last October, and are currently behind bars or seeking refuge in other European countries.
Vilaweb – 05.17.2018
Quim Torra has taken the oath as Catalan president in a restraint ceremony without guests, given the exceptional circumstances the country is currently living under. He promises loyalty to the will of the Catalan people as represented by Parliament.
Vilaweb – 05.22.2018
Spain’s Supreme Court has denied a petition from jailed pro-independence leaders, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull, for temporary freedom in order to assume their posts as ministers in the new government of Catalonia.