A banner reading "Free political prisoners and those exiled" hangs from the balcony of the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona after the swearing-in ceremony of the new Catalan government on June 2, 2018. / AFP / PAU BARRENA
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Catalonia's separatist president Quim Torra called Saturday for talks with Spain's new prime minister, as his regional executive was sworn in at an emotional ceremony full of pro-independence symbolism.Sanchez, a 46-year-old economist who as opposition leader was sharply critical of Catalonia's secession bid, has promised to try to "build bridges" with the region's new government which is still determined to work towards independence.Spain's central government last month recognized the powers of newly-elected Catalan president Torra but refused to ratify his first choice of councilors because four of them face charges linked to the failed independence drive.Torra was chosen by Puigdemont to be Catalonia's next leader after separatist parties kept their absolute majority in regional elections in December.
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