Tax Rebel Plucked From Catalan Provinces Leads Independence Push

  • Puigdemont's nomination ended standoff between separatists
  • New Catalan leader helped channel town-hall taxes to region

Carles Puigdemont.

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Carles Puigdemont barely had time to write his speech before he was presented to Catalan lawmakers as the region’s new president.

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