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Quim Torra backs down, names new ministers and pledges to 'act responsibly'
30 May 2018 @ 18:11

NEW regional president of Catalunya Quim Torra has relented in his ardent pro-independence stance and named ministers who are neither in custody nor in exile.

The leader of Junts per Catalunya ('Together for Catalunya', or JxCat) was accused by the national government of stirring up, and threatened with Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution – which strips a region of its self-governing powers – being kept in place, rendering his appointment merely nominal.

Torra has named Elsa Artadi as minister for the presidency, Àngels Chacón as minister of business and information, Laura Borràs as head of culture and heritage, and the three men on the team, Damià Calvet, Jordi Puigneró and Miquel Buch, as leaders of land and sustainability, of digital policy and public administration, and of the interior respectively.

This means he has hand-picked a cabinet with a 50-50 gender split and members who have no charges against them and are not under investigation over the disputed independence referendum held on October 1.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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