Following threats of suspending Catalonia’s autonomy, the Spanish prime minister and his cabinet have decided to dissolve the Catalan parliament and hold new elections within six months when normalcy in Spain will be restored.
Rajoy demands President of Catalonia, Carles Puidgemont, be fired Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
After threatening to revoke Catalonia’s autonomy, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy convened his cabinet for an emergency meeting today (Saturday), after which he announced several steps Madrid would take in order to restore Spain’s normalcy and coexistence. Although Rajoy did not announce suspending Catalonia’s autonomy, the central government will dissolve the current Catalan parliament and gradually revoke its authority in the region.
Rajoy declared today that he demands the Senate fire the president of Catalonia, his deputy and his ministers. Furthermore, new elections for Catalonia will be announced within the next six months.
Prime Minister Rajoy announced Catalan parliament will be dissolved Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Rajoy also stated that although Madrid will directly rule Catalan, as the local Catalan government’s power would be transferred to the central Spanish government, it was not an attempt to revoke the region’s autonomy: “Our objective is to restore the law and a normal cohabitation among citizens, which has deteriorated a lot, continue with the economic recovery, which is under threat today in Catalonia, and celebrate elections in a situation of normality,” Rajoy said.
As previously reported by JOL, the opposition announced it supported Rajoy’s package of measures giving Madrid temporary direct rule over Catalonia since, as they stated, Catalonia’s threat to disengage from Spain aroused fears in Europe and damaged confidence in the continent’s fourth-largest economy.