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Spain withdraws int'l arrest warrant for Catalonia politicians
Reuters, Madrid :
Spain's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members saying the politicians had shown willingness to return to Spain.
All five traveled to Belgium following an unilateral declaration of independence in the Catalan parliament on Oct. 27, considered illegal by Spanish courts.
The withdrawal of the arrest warrant also prevented more than one European jurisdiction overseeing the case, the court said.
Catalonia's pro-independence parties were seen losing their parliamentary majority in the regional election on Dec. 21, an official poll showed on Monday.
Pro-indepence party Junts per Catalunya was seen winning 25-26 seats, ERC another 32 seats and extreme-left party CUP 9 seats, according to the poll carried out by Sociological Research Centre (CIS).
That would give the pro-independence camp just 67 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament, stripping them of the previous slim majority.