In a video message uploaded to YouTube on Thursday evening, Carles Puigdemont announced from Belgium that he was no longer seeking reappointment as First Minister of Catalonia, for now, and that he wanted his number two, former Catalan National Assembly (ANC) chairman Jordi Sánchez (Together For Catalonia), to be appointed in his place.
Mr. Sánchez is currently in prison on remand near Madrid.
Republican Catalan Left (ERC, Esquerra) spokesman Sergi Sabrià told a radio show on Friday morning that it was now their leader's turn to have a go: "When Puigdemont takes the decision he took yesterday, it would now legitimately be Oriol Junqueras's turn".
Mr. Junqueras is also still in prison on remand near Madrid, as part of the same Supreme Court investigation into rebellion, sedition...
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