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New Catalan leader is sworn in, shuns constitution

Quim Torra, Catalonia’s new separatist leader, is sworn in in a brief ceremony without central government representatives where he avoided promising to obey the constitution and pledged instead to follow “the will of the Catalan people.”

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Reactions in Barcelona after Quim Torra election

Reactions in Barcelona after staunch separatist Quim Torra was appointed regional president of Catalonia.

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Catalan MPs arrive to vote on new regional separatist leader

Catalonia’s lawmakers arrive in parliament to vote on whether to appoint hardline independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running. IMAGES

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Catalan lawmakers vote on new regional separatist leader

Catalonia’s parliament votes on whether to appoint hardline independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running. IMAGES

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Pro-Catalonia independence protest in Barcelona

Pro-independence demonstrators march in Barcelona calling for the liberation of “political prisoners” and the return of “political exiles”, six months after pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez were arrested in Catalonia. IMAGES

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Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to “respect democracy”

Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to “respect democracy and international treaties” at a conference in Berlin in Germany, the day after his release from prison after the German courts dropped charges against him. SOUNDBITE

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Catalonia’s Puigdemont leaves German jail on bail

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont leaves a German jail after judges ordered his release on bail. Judges are mulling his extradition to Spain on a corruption charge, but have dropped the more serious charge of rebellion. IMAGES

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Comedians seek to patch up divisions in Catalonia

Catalonia is still without a leader, even if separatist parties retained their majority in parliament after regional elections on December 21. Wanted in Spain for rebellion and sedition and in self-exile in Brussels, deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont abandoned his bid to lead Catalonia again and has proposed civil society leader Jordi Sanchez as an alternative candidate, even if he is in prison. Meanwhile Catalonia remains under the control of Spain’s central government. Faced with this impasse, comedians are attempting to patch up divisions in Spanish society with a strong dose of laughter.

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Catalan protesters react to suspension of parliament vote

Protesters outside the Generalitat, the regional headquarters for Catalonia, react after the region’s parliamentary speaker postponed a crucial vote to reappoint ousted president Carles Puigdemont.

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Protesters gather in Barcelona as Puigdemont vote postponed

Catalonia is plunged into further uncertainty as the region’s parliamentary speaker postpones a crucial vote to reappoint ousted separatist president Carles Puigdemont but vows to have him reinstated at a later date. Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Generalitat, in Barcelona. IMAGES