Catalan parties hold meetings as election looms

Catalan separatist politicians are holding meetings in Barcelona with their eyes set on a regional election in less than two months called by Spain’s central government to try to end a push for independence.
The Catalan Cabinet has been ousted and the central Spanish government has taken charge of the northeastern prosperous region until the election is held Dec. 21.
The two political parties in the separatist coalition that ruled until last week are holding separate meetings.
Some of the deposed members of the Catalan Cabinet are attending the meeting at the PDeCAT headquarters in central Barcelona, but there was no sign of ousted regional leader Carles Puigdemont, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Catalonia’s fired vice president, Oriol Junqueras, and regional parliamentary Speaker Carme Forcadell, who still symbolically holds her post, have joined the meeting of the Catalan Republic Left, or ERC, party.
Neither has clarified if its plans to run in the election, which would imply acknowledging that an independence declaration last week was symbolic. They need to submit plans by Nov. 7 if they want to repeat their coalition, and a full list of candidates by Nov. 18.
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