SPAIN´S Central Electoral Commission has narrowly voted to remove the pro-independence Catalunya president Quim Torra from office.
The decision to disqualify Torra from public office followed a court ruling by the regional High Court of Justice last month that ordered the removal of the Catalan president from office for 18 months over “disobedience”.
In March 2019, Torra refused to take down separatist symbols from the regional government headquarters ahead of April´s general election, after repeatedly being ordered to do so by the Spanish electoral authorities.
In December, Catalunya’s own electoral commission overturned the court ruling disbarring its president and an appeal was made to Spain’s Supreme Court.
Now the Central Electoral Commission, an authority superior to the Catalan body, ruled by seven votes to six to remove Torra from his duties as a regional deputy, which implies the loss of the presidency of Catalunya, as he has to be a deputy to hold the region´s top political position.
Torra, however, has vowed not to step down, and an appeals procedure has now been launched that run on for months.