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Sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont says accepts snap election, not seeking asylum
October 31, 2017 / 12:33 PM / 19 days ago

Sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont says accepts snap election, not seeking asylum

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday said he accepted the snap elections called by Spain’s central government in Catalonia and he was not seeking asylum in Belgium at a press conference given in Brussels.

Carles Puigdemont arrives for a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Puigdemont said he was not trying to escape from justice after the state prosecutor recommended charges for rebellion and sedition be brought against him. He did not clarify how long he would stay in Belgium, adding he would return to Catalonia when given “guarantees” by the Spanish government.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald and Robert-Jan Bartunek; Writing by Julien Toyer; Editing by Sonya Dowsett

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