Carles Puigdemont

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Carles Puigdemont
Puigdemont in 2016
130th President of Catalonia
In office
12 January 2016 – 28 October 2017
MonarchFelipe VI
Vice PresidentOriol Junqueras
Preceded byArtur Mas
Succeeded byQuim Torra
Member of the Parliament of Catalonia
for the Province of Barcelona
Assumed office
December 2017
Member of the Parliament of Catalonia
for the Province of Girona
In office
10 November 2006 – 27 October 2017
Mayor of Girona
In office
1 July 2011 – 11 January 2016
Preceded byAnna Pagans [ca; es]
Succeeded byAlbert Ballesta i Tura [ca]
Member of the Municipality Council of Girona
In office
11 June 2007 – 11 January 2016
Personal details
Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó

(1962-12-29) 29 December 1962 (age 61)
Amer, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyCatalan European Democratic Party
Other political
Junts per Catalunya
Marcela Topor (m. 2000)
ResidenceGirona / Waterloo
WebsiteCarles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (born 29 December 1962) was the 130th President of Catalonia.[1] In 2017, he fled the country.[2] His party, Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, CDC) won the elections in 2016.

Removal[change | change source]

His status as President is a matter of dispute following Catalonia's declaration of independence from Spain on 27 October 2017. From the perspective of the Government of Catalonia, he remains Catalan President. From the perspective of the Government of Spain, he was removed from office by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on 28 October 2017.[3] Puigdemont did not recognize his removal from office, stating that he will "work to build a free country".[4]

On 30 October 2017, Puigdemont fled to Belgium in a move to avoid action from the Spanish judiciary.[5] A month later, he was re-elected to the Parliament.[6]

Arrest[change | change source]

On 2 November, Spanish courts issued an European Arrest Warrant against Puigdemont and four other cabinet members to Belgian authorities.[7] Two days later, they turned themselves in to the Belgian police.[8] Hours later, he was released.[9]

On 25 March 2018, while returning to Brussels from a trip to Finland, Puigdemont was stopped near the Danish border with Germany and arrested pursuant to the European warrant that had been reissued against him two days previously.[10][11][12] On 5 April 2018, the Oberlandesgericht in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein ruled that Puigdemont would not be extradited on the charges of rebellion,[13] and released him on bail.[14]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "". Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  2. "Puigdemont recorda els cinc anys d’exili i critica la reforma de la sedició". El Món - Notícies i actualitat d'última hora en Català (in Catalan). 2022-10-30. Retrieved 2023-01-18.
  3. Ponce de León, Rodrigo (27 October 2017). "Rajoy cesa a Puigdemont y su Govern y convoca elecciones para el 21 de diciembre". (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. "Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont vows to resist takeover". BBC News. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. Cortizo, Gonzalo (30 October 2017). "Puigdemont y parte de su gobierno se refugian en Bélgica para evitar a la justicia española". (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2017: Composició del Parlament" (in Catalan). Generalitat de Catalunya. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  7. "Spain issues warrant for Catalan ex-leader". BBC News. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  8. Boffey, Daniel (2017-11-05). "Carles Puigdemont turns himself in to Belgian police". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  9. Schreuer, Milan (5 November 2017). "Puigdemont and Other Catalonia Separatists Report to Belgian Police". The New York Times. New York, US. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  10. Catalonia ex-leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany, Al Jazeera English, March 25, 2018
  11. "Fugitive former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany". The Independent. 25 March 2018.
  12. Carles Puigdemont Is Arrested in Germany, Drawing E.U. Giant Into Catalan Fight,, 25 March 2018
  13. what was requested by the public prosecutor for Schleswig-Holstein on 3 April 2018 (see German prosecutors seek extradition of Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont,, 3 April 2018).
  14. "Germany refuses to extradite Catalonia's Puigdemont on rebellion charges". The Independent. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.