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23 October 2017, 04:34 | Marta Robbins
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.
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"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.
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