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Ex-Catalan Chief Pujol Stripped Of Titles In Spain Tax Scandal

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July 29, 2014 AT 6:24 AM
One of the most prominent political figures of democratic Spain will be stripped of honorary privileges after he said he hid a personal fortune from the Spanish taxman for three decades. Catalan nationalist party Convergencia i Unio (CiU), currently leading an independence drive, said on Tuesday that 84-year-old Jordi Pujol would lose his role as founding party chairman, as well as honorary chairman. The news is also an embarrassment for Artur Mas, current head of the Catalan regional government, who is due to meet Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday for the first time in more than a year to discuss a deadlock over a non-binding referendum on Catalonia's status within - or beyond - Spain.