Who is Elsa Artadi, the emerging future president of Catalonia?
Junts per Catalunya’s (JxCat) campaign director Elsa Artadi is emerging as the next president of Catalonia, according to Catalan radio RAC1.
And until a final court ruling is issued in his case, Puigemont still hopes to govern the region de facto from his Brussels refuge as president of a specially created ‘council of the republic’, once Catalonian law has been changed to accommodate it.
Putting Atardi at the helm of JxCat would avoid any legal backlash from Madrid as Puigemont leads in parallel in Brussels.
The Catalan separatist leader fled to Belgium in October to escape charges of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement from Spain, after his attempt to split Catalonia from Spain via an independence referendum angered the government.
Catalan’s parliament was then dissolved and direct rule was imposed until fresh elections were held, after which Puigemont was re-elected as president in December.
But Spain’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the exiled politician cannot be sworn in in absentia and without authorisation by judges, but a final ruling is still due. Read more