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Catalan prime minister sacked after secret talks with Eta

The prime minister of Catalonia, Josep Lluis Carod Rovira, was forced to resign yesterday barely a month after the formation of a historic left-wing coalition in the region, because he held secret talks with Eta separatists. Pasqual Maragall, Catalonia’s Socialist President, said yesterday he had scrapped the post of number two previously occupied by Mr Carod. He said he would take over most of the powers himself and redistribute the rest among other members of his government. Mr Carod, who leads the pro-independence Republican Left party, admitted on Monday he had met Eta leaders in France three weeks ago but had not reached any agreement with them. He said that he felt justified in exploring possibilities of a truce, but apologised for not telling Mr Maragall. Full Story

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