Spanish Govt May Dissolve Catalan Parl, Call for Polls in 6 Months
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday, 21 October, said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart a drive by the autonomous region to breakaway from Spain.
Rajoy said his government had taken this unprecedented decision to restore the law, make sure regional institutions were neutral, and to guarantee public services and economic activity as well as preserve the civil rights of all citizens.
The measures must now be approved by Spain's upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for 27 October.
The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament.
Head of state King Felipe used a ceremony in the northwestern region of Asturias to indicate support for the government and affirm the unity of Spain, of which he said "Catalonia is and will remain an essential part."
"Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve through its legitimate democratic institutions," said the monarch, a ceremonial figure who sharply criticised Catalan leaders earlier this month.