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Banned ETA group seeks legal status for new party

Batasuna announced its rebirth as a new party that rejects violence.



Madrid: The outlawed political wing of
armed Basque separatists ETA on Wednesday presented the statutes of a
new party it hopes Spanish authorities will allow to contest
elections.

Batasuna announced on Monday its rebirth as a new
party that rejects violence and intends to take part in
municipal elections in the northern Basque Country in May.

Madrid: The outlawed political wing of
armed Basque separatists ETA on Wednesday presented the statutes of a
new party it hopes Spanish authorities will allow to contest
elections.

Batasuna announced on Monday its rebirth as a new
party that rejects violence and intends to take part in
municipal elections in the northern Basque Country in May.

The attorney general can in turn send the statutes to
the Supreme Court, which would have the final word.

Spain`s government has already voiced doubts over the
legality of Sortu, and said it would be up to the courts to
make a decision.

A spokesman for Sortu, Inaki Zabaleta, today said the
party "has the right to be legal" as "it fulfills all the
democratic conditions."

Basque nationalist Rufi Etxeberria, an historic leader
of Batasuna, said in announcing the new party on Monday that
it "rejects and opposes the use of violence... including that
of ETA...

"This is a direct consequence of our commitment to
take exclusively political and democratic routes."

PTI

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