The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) announced on Tuesday morning that he was delaying the confidence debate to reappoint Carles Puigdemont First Minister of Catalonia.

The debate had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Mr. Torrent did not cancel the debate, though, and said Mr. Puigdemont was still the candidate.

"We will not accept them telling Catalan men and women that they have voted badly, after they voted for what they wanted", he said, adding that the candidacy of Mr. Puigdemont was "the will expressed by a majority of this chamber".

Mr. Torrent said he had now "personally committed to guaranteeing his immunity" after the former First Minister petitioned the Speaker for such protection on Monday.

The Speaker has instructed the...

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