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>> Some of the heat is off for Catalonia's former leader. Spain's Supreme Court says it's withdrawn an international arrest warrant for former Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont, currently in self-imposed exile. He fled to Belgium with four of his ministers after the independence referendum he led resulted in Madrid taking direct control over the region.
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The court mentioned Puigdemont's desire to take part in new elections in Catalonia in their decision to drop the extradition bid. But it's not clear whether he'll return soon, Puigdemont is still facing charges there including rebellion and misuse of public funds. And he'd likely be detained there for investigations that could take months.
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Several secessionist leaders who stayed in the region are still behind the bars, although a number have been released. The new elections are scheduled to take place on the 21st. The most recent polls suggest that Pro-Independence parties will lose their majority in the local parliament. Madrid hopes that will help calm the nations worst political crisis in four decades.