Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Ramadan banner
Lebanese Parliament Term Ends, New Gov’t to Be Formed Germany to Build Deportation Centers for Unwanted Migrants NYT: Trump Afraid Meeting with Kim Will Be ’Political Embarrassment’ After US & Guatemala, Paraguay Opens Embassy in Al-Quds Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Lava Flowing into Pacific China, US Call A Ceasefire in Trade Dispute AI Urges IMN to Seek Sheikh Zakzaky’s Justice beyond Nigeria Iran Withstanding Pressures Strongly, Says Claim to Offer New Package another JCPOA Lie US Says Won’t Recognize Venezuela Election Result Venezuela’s Elections: Nicolas Maduro Re-Elected President for Second Term #Iran's #Qassemi: Our presence in #Syria at #Damascus' demand #GreatReturnMarch: 2 Wounded From #Israeli Border Fire Martyred #France: Attack foiled, two Egyptian brothers arrested #NorthKorea Won't Hold Talks With #SouthKorea Unless "Issues Resolved" WHO: #Ebola Outbreak Has Spread To DR #Congo City #Chinese President: #China Supports #NorthKorea Efforts to Develop #Economy #Israel Summons #Turkish Envoy over #Ankara's Treatment of Its Envoy #US Putting Serious Pressure on #Iran #NuclearDeal Participants - #Moscow #UN warns of more #Gaza violence, condemns '#Israel's use of force "#Israeli" Media: Sirens turned on in the area surrounding the #Gaza Strip
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Europe » Spain

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Spain Dissolves Catalan Parliament, Announces Fresh Elections
Local Editor

The Spanish government took control of Catalonia, dissolved its parliament and assigned new elections after secessionist Catalan MPs voted to establish an independent republic, pushing the country's worst political crisis in 40 years to new and dangerous heights.

Rajoy

Speaking on Friday evening, the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said his cabinet had fired the regional president, Carles Puigdemont, and ordered regional elections to be held on 21 December.

Rajoy said the Catalan government had been removed along with the head of the regional police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra. The Catalan government's international "embassies" are also to be shut down.

"I have decided to call free, clean and legal elections as soon as possible to restore democracy," he told a press conference, adding that the aim of the measures was to "restore the self-government that has been eliminated by the decisions of the Catalan government.

"We never, ever wanted to get to this situation. Nor do we think that it would be good to prolong this exceptional [state of affairs]. But as we have always said, this is not about suspending autonomy but about restoring it."

The actions came hours after Spain's national unity suffered a decisive blow when Catalan MPs in the 135-seat regional parliament voted for independence by a margin of 70 votes to 10.

Dozens of opposition MPs boycotted the secret ballot, marching out of the chamber in Barcelona before it took place and leaving Spanish and Catalan flags on their empty seats in protest.

Minutes later in Madrid, the Spanish senate granted Rajoy unprecedented powers to impose direct rule on Catalonia under article 155 of the constitution.

The article, which has never been used, allows Rajoy to sack Puigdemont and assume control of Catalonia's civil service, police, finances and public media.

The European Union, the UK, Germany and the United States all said they would not recognize Catalan independence and expressed support for Madrid's to preserve Spanish unity.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

28-10-2017 | 08:17


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top