Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (R) is greeted by residents in Girona on October 28, 2017.
Catalonia's secessionist leader defiantly called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule imposed by the central government on the semi-autonomous region after its parliament declared unilateral independence. / AFP PHOTO / Eddy Kelele
Catalan separatist leader president Carles Puigdemont, right, is greeted by residents in the city of Girona on October 28, 2017 after Spain's central government imposed direct rule on the semi-autonomShow more

Madrid appoints new leader of Catalonia

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