Spain Moves to Suspend Catalonia’s Autonomy

HeadlineOct 11, 2017
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In Spain, Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday Catalonia has won the right to independence, but appeared to stop short of declaring the region’s secession and instead called for negotiations with Spain.

President Carles Puigdemont: “The government and myself, we propose Parliament suspend the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks in the coming weeks, without which it is impossible to reach an agreed solution. We strongly believe that the moment requires not only to allay the tensions, but, above all, to make a clear compromise to advance the demands made by the Catalonian people, taking into account the results of October 1st.”

Later in the day, however, Puigdemont and lawmakers did sign a declaration of independence. Today, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would move the government to invoke Article 155—which has never been used in Spain’s modern democratic history. It would allow Spain to suspend Catalonia’s lawmakers and seize administrative control of the region.

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