Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Al-Ahed Telegram
Ankara: US Decision to Open Embassy in Quds in May Damages Peace US Mediation Deadlocked As Lebanon’s President Sends Warning To «Israel» «Alaa Bosnia»: Martyr Leader Ali Fayad Gov’t Official: Death Toll from Somalia Blasts Rises to 45 Trump Talks New Gun Measures, Gun Owners Talk «Betrayal» Zarif: Daesh not Over, US Relocating It Don’t Be Fooled by Saudi «Aid» Efforts in Yemen Afghanistan Attacks: At Least 23 Killed in Multiple Suicide Bombings Drones and Jets: The «Brazenness» Belongs to «Israel» «Israel» Living in Horror: Ongoing Border Constructions Since 2014 Sayyed #Nasrallah: There is today a conspiracy against the #Resistance after the failure of the #American scheme and its tools in the region and the defeat of #Daesh Sayyed #Nasrallah: If “Israel” today has nothing to fear, it would have taken our oil pipelines, Block 9 and the #Lebanese oil rights Sayyed #Nasrallah: When #Tillerson came to #Beirut, he did not come for oil only. He came to say that there is a problem in #Lebanon that is #Hezbollah and the weapon of #Resistance must be resolved Sayyed #Nasrallah: When we entered the 1992 elections, we implemented Sayyed Abbas al-#Moussawi’s will to defend the #Resistance by preventing conspiracy against it Sayyed #Nasrallah: The great harvest that we have reached at the level of #Lebanon has costed us dear blood and it is our responsibility to keep it strong Sayyed #Nasrallah: When they meet at the #Saudi embassy and talk about setting up regulations and paying money, it means that the work on our regions has begun Sayyed #Nasrallah calls for a full review of what #Hezbollah provided to #Baalbek-#Hermel since 1982 until today on the moral, security, national, regional, cultural, social and service levels Sayyed #Nasrallah: We must spare no effort to get the largest electoral outcome so that our candidates reach #Parliament Sayyed #Nasrallah: The #relative law allows people to take their natural size in contrast to the law of majority Sayyed #Nasrallah: #Baalbek-#Hermel district is important because of its clear position in supporting the #Resistance
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Europe » Europe...

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Catalonia Threats to Split, Spain to Suspend Its Autonomy
Local Editor

As tension escalated between Spain and Catalonia, Spain's central government said Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks.

Catalonia flag

In a move unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would hold a special cabinet meeting on Saturday that could trigger the move.

The Socialist opposition said it backed the government but suggested the measures should be limited in scope and time.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, ignoring morning deadline to drop his secession campaign, wrote a letter to Rajoy threatening a formal declaration of independence.

"If the government continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the Catalan parliament could proceed, if it is considered opportune, to vote on a formal declaration of independence," Puigdemont said.

Spanish courts have ruled the referendum illegal, but Puigdemont says the result is binding and must be obeyed.

The regional authorities have not made clear how and when a declaration of independence would take place and whether it would be endorsed by the regional assembly. Some pro-independence lawmakers have said they want to hold a vote in the Catalan Parliament to lend it a more solemn character.

Rajoy plans to invoke Article 155 of the 1978 constitution, which allows him to take control of a region if it breaks the law.

A senior government source said the exact measures would be agreed Saturday and probably voted through the upper house Senate on Oct. 30, giving the secessionists a few days of leeway to respond before Madrid takes control.

The regional authorities could use that time to split unilaterally, call elections in the hope of strengthening their mandate, or back down, though this is seen as highly unlikely.

"From the moment the measures are known, the regional government knows what's going to happen and has a period of time to act until 155 can be acted upon," the source said.

The terms of Article 155 are vague and could spur more wrangling with the restive region.

"The government will use all the tools available to restore as soon as possible the law and the constitutional order, recover peaceful cohabitation between citizens and stop the economic damage that the legal uncertainty is creating," government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said in a statement.

Rajoy's team met members of the socialist party to coordinate their next steps.

A spokesman for the Socialists said while they fully stood behind the government they would insist Article 155 is applied in the most proportionate way.

Madrid's options range from closing down the regional parliament and expelling lawmakers, to a softer and more targeted approach, the government source said.

Theoretically, the central administration could take control of the region's finances and police, and call a snap election.

But some members of the Catalan government have already questioned this interpretation of the constitution, suggesting the stand-off could extend for at least several more days.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

20-10-2017 | 10:52


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top