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Catalonia's Parliament met Wednesday in a first step toward forming a new government dominated by the question of whether sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont can return as president and continue his push for independence from Spain.In a sign of strength for the parties seeking a split from Spain, Catalan lawmakers Wednesday elected the pro-independence politician Roger Torrent as speaker of the regional Parliament.Late Tuesday, the two main pro-independence parties said they would back Puigdemont as presidential candidate.Pro-independence supporters gathered outside the Parliament Wednesday waving red and yellow Catalan flags.
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