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Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia
October 27, 2017 / 2:14 PM / 2 months ago

Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia

MADRID (Reuters) - The upper house of Spain’s parliament on Friday authorised the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to rule Catalonia directly from Madrid, minutes after the restive region declared independence from Spain.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy answers a question at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Rajoy is now expected to convene his cabinet to adopt the first measures to govern Catalonia. This could include firing the Barcelona government and assuming direct supervision of Catalan police forces.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Paul Day

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