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King insists Catalonia “is and will remain” in Spain. Rajoy planning a general election next January

Saturday, October 21st 2017 - 08:09 UTC
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King Felipe VI said Catalonia is an essential part of the country and Spain would solve the problem through democratic institutions. King Felipe VI said Catalonia is an essential part of the country and Spain would solve the problem through democratic institutions.

In his second intervention in the secession crisis, Spain's King Felipe VI has said Catalonia “is and will remain” an essential part of the country. He told an awards ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo that the Catalan government was causing a rift and Spain would solve the problem through democratic institutions.

 Catalonia's leader has threatened to declare independence, and Madrid is making plans to impose direct rule.

According to the opposition Socialists, who support the central government's stand against Catalan independence, the plans include elections in Catalonia in January.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will announce the full set of measures on Saturday, two days after a deadline for Catalonia's autonomous government to abandon its independence bid.

The central government has said it will trigger Article 155 of the constitution, which allows it to impose direct rule in a crisis, for the first time.

Other moves may include taking control of Catalonia's regional police force. Article 155 does not give the government the power to fully suspend autonomy.

A referendum, regarded as illegal by Spain, was held in Catalonia on 1 October. Of the 43% of Catalans who reportedly voted, 90% were in favor of independence. Most anti-independence voters boycotted the ballot.

King Felipe previously said Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who organized the referendum had “broken the democratic principles of the rule of law” and showed “disrespect to the powers of the state”.

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  • Marti Llazo

    Kings?

    Spain is still stuck in the 16th century.

    Oct 21st, 2017 - 02:56 pm 0
  • Capt Rockhopper

    Fascism is strong in this one.

    Oct 22nd, 2017 - 12:32 pm 0
  • imoyaro

    He's a Bourbon, not the most fortuitous house in European history. If he's lucky he could end up like Louis Philippe I. If not, like Louis XVI...

    Oct 24th, 2017 - 09:04 am 0
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