CATALAN REGIONAL ELECTION
After the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, the Spanish Prime Minister called a regional election in Catalonia. This resulted in the three pro-independence parties maintaining their majority in the Parliament. Puigdemont was then proposed as a candidate for re-election as President. However, his investiture was delayed after The Spanish Constitutional Court ruled that he could not take on the presidency whilst remaining in exile. Jailed activist and fellow MP Jordi Sanchez was proposed as President instead, but Spain’s Supreme Court would not allow him to be freed from jail in order to attend his investiture ceremony. Consequently, Sànchez gave up his candidacy in favour of former Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull, who was also under investigation for his role in the referendum. The Spanish Supreme Court announced that 13 Catalan politicians would be charged with rebellion. Four of them, including Turull and the former President of the Catalan Parliament, were jailed on 23 March 2018.