January 17, 2018 / 11:58 AM / in a month

Catalan lawmakers elect pro-independence politician as parliamentary speaker

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan lawmakers on Wednesday elected pro-independence politician Roger Torrent as speaker of the regional parliament in a sign of strength for parties seeking a split from Spain.

Torrent was the preferred candidate for speaker of the two main pro-independence parties Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia).

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Paul Day

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