Carles Puigdemont has endorsed the currently-detained Jordi Sànchez as his candidate of choice for the Catalan presidency.
Because many who support secession are in self-imposed exile or abstaining, the likelihood of the vote leading to Catalan independence is slim.
Carles Puigdemont's decision comes as a blow to Catalonia's secessionist movement.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will stop wearing a yellow protest ribbon if the Premier League-leading club's officials ask him to or if it adversely affects the team's form.
The Mobile World Congress, currently taking place in Barcelona, has been overshadowed by the ongoing issue of Catalan secession.
Anna Gabriel fled to Switzerland to avoid attending a court hearing, which she believed would be unfair.
Catalonia's quest for independence continues to pit it against the Spanish government and judiciary.
Catalonia's parliament will meet without Carles Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile in Belgium.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also denied the idea of Carles Puigdemont leading Catalonia from exile, should he be elected president of Catalonia.
A new regional election will be held in Catalonia on Dec 21, says country's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a televised address on a day of high drama.
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