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Catalonia’s parliament has sworn in a brand new separatist leader who has pledged to keep the region’s battle for self-reliance from Spain.

Catalan MPs elected Quim Torra, 55, as president by the narrowest of margins – 66 ballots to 65.

The particular vote had been blocked for nearly 5 months – yet it continues to be unclear when Spain will raise its direct rule over Catalonia.

Spain’s Prime Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Mariano Rajoy has offered discussions with Mr Torra.

The prosperous region has been below Madrid’s direct rule since the Catalan separatists held a referendum within October and declared independence unilaterally – moves declared illegal simply by Spain.

Separatist chief Carles Puigdemont and five associated with his allies fled Spain throughout the crackdown and remain in self-imposed exile. Four others are in pre-trial detention, and 25 in total face costs of rebellion, sedition and problem.

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Addressing the parliament on Monday, Mr Torra stated “Carles Puigdemont is our president”.

He said he’d “implement the mandate from the Oct referendum”. He said his brand new government would “build an independent condition in the form of a republic”.

Unionist leader Ines Arrimadas from the anti-independence Ciudadanos party called Mister Torra a mere “puppet for Puigdemont”.

Mr Puigdemont nominated Quim Torra on Thursday as an applicant for Catalan president , inside a video from his self-imposed exile in Berlin.

Mister Torra has been criticised by competitors for writing what some have got called an inflammatory article this year, in which he said some Catalans through Spanish-speaking backgrounds were “animals within human form who spew away hate” .

Mister Torra worked as an executive for any multi-national insurance company, before he inserted politics by joining the pro-independence civil society pressure group Ò mnium Cultural.

He or she also ran a publishing corporation, dedicated to publishing works of Catalan literature and journalism.