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Exiled Former Catalan President Drops Bid to Return as Leader

The former leader of Spain's separatist-minded Catalonia region unexpectedly announced Thursday that he was dropping his bid to return to his job. Carles Puigdemont spoke from somewhere in Brussels, where he fled to avoid arrest in Spain. He said in a video message posted on a website that under current conditions, standing aside and letting someone else lead Catalonia was the way to get a new government. Puigdemont urged the Catalan parliament to choose pro-independence ally...

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