January 25, 2018 / 6:29 PM / 4 months ago

Catalan parliament set to vote for regional leader on Jan. 30

MADRID (Reuters) - The Catalan parliament will vote to choose a new regional leader on Jan. 30, the Catalan parliament said in a statement on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO - Deputies attend the start of the first session of Catalan Parliament after the regional elections in Barcelona, Spain, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The only candidate for president of the northeastern Spanish region is sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont who is in self-imposed exile in Brussels after spearheading a drive for secession from Spain.

Reporting By Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Jesus Aguado

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