Week 8-14 January 2018

9 January. Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, resigns his position as chairman of PDeCat. He does so presumably for personal reasons as he is on trial for the public funds which were “misappropriated” for organising the non-binding referendum in 2014. He is also the last person in a hierarchical position within the party to have been part of the CiU hierarchy, and hence the last link in the independence movement with the cases of corruption that CiU was involved in over 23 years in the regional government.

12 January. Supreme Court denies Junqueras transfer to Catalan prison and physical participation in Catalan parliament, although he will be able to delegate his vote. The same to apply to ousted Interior Minister, Joaquim Forn, and president of ANC, Jordi Sánchez, both of whom have also been elected as members of the new parliament.

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