Rajoy’s comments follow a December 21 regional election that he hoped would quash the Catalan independence movement and so help resolve Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.
The December 21 election was called by the Spanish Prime Minister in October, intending to return Catalonia to “normality”
under a unionist government.
The ballot will result in a hung parliament, with parties favouring unity with Spain tipped to gain a maximum of 62 seats and pro-secession factions 63.
Puigdemont turned himself in to the Belgian police after Spain issued a European arrest warrant for rebellion and misuse of public funds.
As Madrid began direct rule of Catalonia, attorney-general Jose Manuel Maza called for charges of rebellion, sedition, fraud and misuse of funds to be brought against Catalan leaders who organised the independence referendum.
A new regional election will be held in Catalonia on December 21.
Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region’s move towards independence.
The main opposition said on Friday they would back special measures to impose central rule on the region to thwart the secessionist-minded Catalan government.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to invoke Article 155 of the 1978 constitution, which allows taking control of a region if it breaks the law.
Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of independence last Tuesday, only to suspend it seconds later and call for negotiations with Madrid on the region’s future.
Spain’s Rajoy would probably call a snap regional election after activating Article 155 of the constitution that would allow him to sack the Catalan regional government.
Spanish PM Rajoy has remained vague on whether he would use article 155, the nuclear option of the constitution which enables him to sack the regional government.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered all-party talks to find a solution, opening the door to a deal giving Catalonia more autonomy, but only if the Catalan government gives up any independence ambitions.