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.
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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.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont made only a symbolic declaration, claiming a mandate to launch secession but suspending any formal steps to that end.
The EU has shown no interest in an independent Catalonia, despite an appeal by Puigdemont for Brussels to mediate in the crisis.
In Madrid, some socialists have suggested Basque could serve as a model for a compromise that would defuse Spain’s biggest political crisis since a failed coup in 1981.
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The Catalan government says more than 90% of people who voted in an October 1 referendum voted in favour of independence from Spain.
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.
Secessionist Catalan politicians have pledged to unilaterally declare independence at Monday’s session after Sunday’s referendum, banned by Madrid.
Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the October 1.
Police preventing people from voting and firing rubber bullets at protesters, and injuring up to 900, has done deep damage to Spain’s international credibility.
Local courts received several complaints on Sunday against the Catalan police accusing them of inactivity and failing to close polling stations.
The referendum, declared illegal by Spain’s central government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades.
The dispute has plunged Spain into one of its biggest political crises since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s after decades of military dictatorship.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he had contingency plans in place to ensure the vote would go ahead, pushing the country closer to political crisis.
Police efforts to stop the referendum have intensified in recent days as the wealthy northeastern region shows no signs of halting it.
Catalonia’s top court on Friday issued a warning to seven newspapers not to publish campaign notices for the referendum, a court spokesperson said.
Police also intervened to stop a meeting organised by a pro-independence Catalan party, the first public police crackdown on the process.
The legal summons to mayors and shutting down of pro-referendum websites signal stepping up of efforts by Spain to block the referendum bid.
City police said that around one million people took part in the police, one of the highest turn-outs in recent years.
The secession vote, a long standing demand of Catalans, was suspended by Spain’s top court even as PM Rajoy made appeals to declare it illegal.
A majority voted for the referendum and the legal framework to set up a new state, under which the assembly would declare independence within 48 hours of a “yes” vote.
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Madrid’s conservative government has said it will block any further attempt to hold a referendum and has blocked previous secessionist challenges.
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Previous secessionist challenges in Catalonia were blocked by Spain’s conservative government and the Constitutional Court.
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The court suspended the resolution, approved by the Catalan assembly in October, for five months from now, after which it could be made permanent or lifted.