The new elected Catalan regional president Quim Torra (C) laves the Catalan parliament following his election in Barcelona on May 14, 2018. / AFP / Josep LAGO
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Torra, a 55-year-old hardline separatist, was appointed Catalan president on Monday after scraping through a regional parliamentary vote, promising to keep fighting to break from Spain.He travelled to Berlin Tuesday to meet deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is awaiting a court decision on his extradition to Spain and handpicked Torra as his successor.Torra will now form a regional government after months of political limbo as other candidates proposed by the separatist camp after it won regional elections in December fell flat.Torra's appointment brings to an end months of uncertainty in Catalonia after separatist parties failed to get their preferred candidates through following the elections.
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