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Spain's leader wants to meet with Quim Torra, recognizing him as president

Unionist Ciutadans' bid to strip him of his MP status rejected by Catalan Parliament, which has appealed matter to Supreme Court

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14 January 2020 02:40 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain's leader Pedro Sánchez is in favor of holding a meeting with the Catalan president, Quim Torra, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the Spanish electoral board decision to strip him of his MP status.

Talking to the press after the first new Spanish cabinet meeting, Sánchez said he has "no problem" when it comes to sitting down alongside Torra.

"He is still the Catalan president," he added, expressing that he wants to see him "as soon as possible."

  • "[Quim Torra] is still the Catalan president"

    Pedro Sánchez · Spanish president

To gather enough support to stay in power, Sánchez agreed to launch a "bilateral negotiating table" between the Spanish and Catalan governments within 15 days from the moment his executive takes office.

Opposition from right-wing parties

Yet, the possibility of Sánchez meeting Torra has caused some opposition parties to raise an eyebrow. Spain's electoral board has stripped Torra of his MP status following a conviction, barring him from office but still subject to appeal.

Spain's Supreme Court did not accept a request to immediately overrule the electoral board's decision – it is still reviewing it.

This comes as the right-wing unionist People's Party, Vox and Ciutadans continue calling on Sánchez to take action against Torra.

Indeed, Ciutadans, the main unionist party in the Catalan parliament, saw its petition to officially strip Torra's seat rejected by the chamber bureau, who instead filed an appeal before the Supreme Court against the electoral authority's decision.

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  • Spain's first new cabinet, led by President Pedro Sánchez, on January 14, 2020 (by Gemma Tubert)

  • Spain's first new cabinet, led by President Pedro Sánchez, on January 14, 2020 (by Gemma Tubert)

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