Spanish Court Dismisses Claim of Spanish Conservatives Against Leader of Catalonia
On December 19, an autonomy court ruled that Torra was deprived of the right to hold public office for 18 months due to disobedience to the decision of the CEC of Spain in anticipation of the elections in the spring of 2019. On January 3, the CEC confirmed that the head of the autonomy’s government should already lose the status of a regional deputy. The Parliament of Catalonia agreed with this decision.
The autonomy charter stipulates that one of the deputies of the regional chamber should be elected head of the government of Catalonia. At the same time, the law does not specify whether the leader of the autonomy should maintain the status of a parliamentarian throughout his term of office.