June 21, 2018

Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule on Catalonia

23 October 2017, 04:34 | Marta Robbins

Protester held a Catalonian independence flag toward riot police during demonstrations Thursday

Protester held a Catalonian independence flag toward riot police during demonstrations Thursday

The Spanish prime minister says measures to impose direct rule over Catalonia have cross-party support in Madrid, and will be revealed after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday. Some of the measures agreed upon include dissolving the Catalan government and holding new elections for the regional parliament in January, all of which are meant to prevent the current government from declaring independence. It is still uncertain as to whether the January elections would part of the Spanish package as Rajoy announced that the measures will be announced after the meeting.

The amounts were closest to 155, in reference to the Spanish constitutional article with which the central government plans to revoke some of Catalonia's autonomous powers to prevent regional politicians from pushing ahead with secession. However, this also brought the prospect of larger protests within Catalonia.

Dozens killed in two Afghan mosque attacks
There were also reports of at least 20 people being killed in a second mosque attack in central Afghanistan. Security forces cordoned off the area one hour after the explosion.

"Tomorrow the council of ministers, as is its duty, will announce measures" that are necessary to "re-establish the rule of law and institutional normality in the country" because "there can not be a part of the State where the law is not implemented or does not exist", said Rajoy. The decision was made after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont opted not to respond to the ultimatum he received from the Spanish government.

Following the move, Madrid asked the Catalan authorities to clarify whether independence had been declared or not. Furthermore, Puidgemont announced a number of days ago at a conference that he would also declare independence if Spain suspended Catalonia's autonomy.

Other News

Trending Now

Destiny 2's Trials of the Nine event postponed for two weeks
If you're wondering how the game will perform on PC, and which graphics options are the most taxing, give this Nvidia guide a go. The Guided Games feature will be included on this day as well, which would be a good way to group up with other players.

Premier League updates as Jose Mourinho looks for victory
Said the Belgian: "I played a good game but could have done better with the goal". On the flip side, Benfica achieved the opposite in defeat.

Australian journalist surprised by Jacinda Ardern's accessibility
He opposed plans by English's National Party to increase the pension age and plans by Labour to tax certain water users. But she kept the celebrations low-key on Thursday night after ending Labour's nine years in the wilderness.

Polestar to go electric-only
A carbon fibre body reduces bodyweight and improves torsional stiffness by 45%, as well as lowering the car's centre of gravity. The double electric axle will also deliver torque vectoring capabilities, helping the 1 power through the curves.

Netanyahu: 'We will not allow Iranian military bases in Syria'
He will also confer with the Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij during the trip. Local reports said that Israel struck a Syrian artillery position near the border.

India rout Pakistan 4-0, face Malaysia in Asia Cup hockey final
India completely outplayed Pakistan , to secure their spot in the 2017 Hockey Asia Cup final. After that, Harmanpreet Singh scored the second goal in the 19th minute.

Alicia Keys Returns To NBC's 'The Voice'
This will be the third time she has coached on the show with her artist Chris Blue having won in season 12. Alicia left The Voice following her season 12 victory to focus more on her own musical career.

Trump to OK release of remaining JFK assassination files
The National Archives has until next Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Most of the files are believed to be from the 1960s and 1970s, stemming from the 1963 assassination and aftermath.

Bulls ban Portis eight games for breaking teammate's jaw
He can practice with the team during his suspension and will be eligible to return for the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against Toronto. Mirotic , 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, and was expected to start for Chicago this season.

Munich knife attack: Police arrest suspected attacker after manhunt
Police arrested a man after eight people were injured in a knife attack on Saturday in the southern German city of Munich. Writing on Twitter , Munich Police said: 'We are searching for the perpetrator of the attack with all available police'.