Catalonia: Spain PM dissolves Catalan parliament after independence declaration
MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy introduced Friday he had dissolved the Catalan parliament and known as regional elections for December 21 underneath sweeping powers accepted by the Senate to cease a secessionist motion in Catalonia.
Rajoy mentioned he had additionally formally eliminated Catalonia’s separatist chief Carles Puigdemont and his govt from workplace as a part of measures to “restore normality” after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence earlier on Friday.
“We Spaniards reside by means of a tragic day through which an absence of motive prevailed upon the regulation and demolished democracy in Catalonia,” the prime minister added in a televised handle.
The scenario is “heartbreaking, unhappy and distressing,” Rajoy mentioned.
Different measures adopted by the federal government embrace the dismissal of the director of the Catalan regional police pressure, the Mossos d’Esquadra, in addition to Catalan authorities representatives in Madrid and Brussels.
Spain’s central authorities can even shut Catalan authorities “representations” all over the world, besides the one in Brussels.
“These are the primary steps we’re taking to forestall those that up till now had been in control of the Catalan authorities from persevering with their escalation of disobedience,” Rajoy mentioned.
The Spanish Senate earlier gave Rajoy’s authorities sweeping powers to impose direct rule on the rich, semi-autonomous area to quash its independence drive.
This adopted a vote by 70 lawmakers out of 135 within the regional parliament to declare Catalonia “a republic within the type of an impartial and sovereign state”.