Spanish Prime Minister dissolves Catalan parliament

Spanish Prime Minister dissolves Catalan parliament

Spanish Prime Minister dissolves Catalan parliament

Written by Keshala Dias

28 Oct, 2017 | 6:49 am

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling snap local elections after MPs there voted to declare independence.

Speaking on Friday evening, Premier Rajoy, said his cabinet had fired the regional President, Carles Puigdemont, and ordered regional elections to be held on 21 December.

The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part, 90% were in favour of independence. Others boycotted the vote after the court ruling.

The standoff began when Catalans voted to secede from Spain in an October 1 referendum that had been declared illegal by Spanish authorities.

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