OUSTED former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has called on Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy to recognise the results of the December 21 election and restore a government. 

“As president, I demand the Spanish government and those who support it … restore all they have expropriated from the Catalans without their say-so,” Puigdemont said in Brussels.

“The ballot boxes have spoken, democracy has spoken, everyone has been able to express themselves. What is Rajoy waiting for in order to accept the results?”

However, Rajoy has dismissed the idea of Puigdemont governing from Belgium as ‘absurd’, after he fled there on charges of rebellion and sedition.

Secessionists maintained a slim majority in the outcome of the election retaining 70 out of 135 seats.