MADRID – Fervent Catalan secessionist Quim Torra has been sworn in because the restive Spanish area’s new chief, along with his calls for for an unbiased Catalonia set to lengthen a standoff with Spain’s nationwide authorities.
Torra formally took workplace at a ceremony within the Catalan capital, Barcelona, on Thursday. He was elected by the Catalan parliament’s secessionist lawmakers on Monday.
In an indication of the simmering pressure, Spain’s nationwide authorities in Madrid, which often sends a consultant to regional authorities ceremonies, declined to attend the swearing-in. It stated Catalan authorities had tried to dictate which central authorities officers may very well be current — a situation that Madrid rejected.
The spat over Catalonia’s future has introduced Spain’s worst political disaster in many years, although its three predominant political events stand united towards Catalan independence.