Friday, 27 October 2017

Catalonia government dissolved after its Parliament declares Independence from Spain

Lawmakers of the Catalonia regional parliament have voted overwhelmingly to split from Spain in a ballot boycotted by the opposition.

According to CNN, the lawmakers had voted in secret following a heated debate on the motion “to form the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign state.”

The members of the parliament backed the motion 70 – 10.

The motion called for the transfer of power from the central Spanish government to an independent Catalonia.

Hours after the declaration, Spain dismissed Catalonia's president and Cabinet and dissolved its Parliament.

"In this moment, we need to be serene and careful, but we also need to have confidence that the state has the tools, backed by the law and reason, [to] peacefully and reasonably go back to legality and take away threats to democracy," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

The Spanish Senate granted Central Government unprecedented powers to seize control of the autonomous region.
The Spanish Senate granted the Madrid government powers under Article 155 of the Constitution to sack the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his ministers.

The Spanish government called two Cabinet meetings for later Friday. Rajoy has pledged to quash the separatists, and moves to take over the Catalan administration are expected to begin at the weekend.
"Spain is a serious country, a great nation and we will not allow some people to blow up our Constitution," Rajoy told journalists in Madrid.
He urged Spanish citizens to remain calm, saying that the government will respond to the situation in a "proportionate way."
"The government will make any decisions needed to go back to legality, and we will do that this evening," he said.
Spain's general prosecutor confirmed it would file a lawsuit for rebellion against Puigdemont, the Catalan government and the members of the parliament board who voted in favor of independence.

Speaking in the Catalan Parliament building after the landmark vote, Puigdemont said legitimately elected lawmakers had cast their ballots according to a mandate earned in the October 1 referendum.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont casts his vote for independence from Spain on Friday.
But he acknowledged that the path ahead would not be easy. "We are facing a period in which we will need to stay strong and in peace, dignified and civil as we have always been, and I'm sure we will keep being so," he said.
"The institutions and the people together built nations, societies, and a nation cannot be built without one of these elements."
Supporters followed his words with applause and repeated chants of "freedom, freedom."
 Following the Catalan Parliament's vote, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "For EU nothing changes. Spain remains our only interlocutor. I hope the Spanish government favours force of argument, not argument of force."

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