In May, the Spanish government appealed the reform of Catalan lawmakers, which allowed the head of the Generalitat to be elected without the candidate being psychically present in parliament, deeming it illegal.
Even though the former Catalan president, who is currently in Berlin awaiting a German court's decision on his potential extradition to Spain, removed his name from consideration to head the regional government last month, he appealed the Constitutional Court's decision to accept Madrid's claim.
Earlier, the Catalan parliament elected Quim Torra, a lawmaker from Junts per Catalunya party, as the president of the autonomous region. Torra calls himself an interim head of the Catalan government since he believes that Puigdemont remains the true head of the cabinet.
On Saturday, the new Catalan government led by Torra officially assumed its powers, thus ending Madrid's direct rule over the region.