Spain will sack Catalan government, call regional election

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives the word to a journalist during a press conference after an extraordinary cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace on October 21, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives the word to a journalist during a press conference after an extraordinary cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace on October 21, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia along with force the region into a completely new election, saying the idea had to take the unprecedented step to prevent the region pushing ahead with independence.

The plan, which still requires the approval of the upper house Senate, seeks to resolve Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades however risks an angry reaction through independence supporters, who plan street protests later inside day.

In outlining the cabinet’s decision, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the Catalan economy, which accounts for a fifth of the national economy, was already in worrying shape as a result of the regional’s government push for independence.

“We will ask the Senate, with the aim of protecting the general interest of the nation, to authorise the government… to sack the Catalan president along with his government,” Rajoy told a news conference.

the idea can be the very first time since Spain’s return to democracy inside late 1970s which the central government has invoked the constitutional right to take control of a region along with rule the idea directly through Madrid.

Direct rule will include full control of the region’s police, finances along with public media. The powers of the regional parliament will also be curbed. Rajoy said his intention was to not use those special powers for more than six months along with he would certainly call a regional election as soon as the situation was back to “normal.”

“Our objective can be to restore the law along that has a normal cohabitation among citizens, which has deteriorated a lot, continue with the economic recovery, which can be under threat today in Catalonia, along with celebrate elections in a situation of normality,” Rajoy said.

The measures must currently be approved by Spain’s upper house, the Senate, where a vote can be scheduled for Oct. 27.

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