Saturday, 21 October 2017

Spain prime minister outlined plans to remove Catalonia's leaders



The Spanish prime minister has outlined plans to remove Catalonia's leaders and take control of the separatist region.

 
Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region's parliament but put forward plans for elections in the region.


The measures must now be approved by Spain's Senate in the next few days.


The plans come almost three weeks after Catalonia held a disputed independence referendum.


Spain's supreme court had declared the vote illegal and said it violated the constitution, which describes the country as indivisible.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has ignored pleas from the national government to abandon moves towards independence.


Mr Rajoy said the government had no choice but to push to impose direct rule, arguing that the Catalan government's actions were "contrary to the law and seeking confrontation".


This will be via Article 155 of Spain's constitution, which allows it to impose direct rule in a crisis on any of the country's semi-autonomous regions.


Spain's Senate will vote within the week, Mr Rajoy said at a press conference. He said it was "not our wish, it was not our intention" to trigger the article.


Spanish law dictates that elections must be held within six months of Article 155 being triggered, but Mr Rajoy said it was imperative that the vote be held much sooner.




BBC      News.