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Madrid strips Catalonia of its autonomy; calls snap election

Oct 27, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT
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In a swift and strong response to Catalonia’s “defiant” declaration of independence on Friday, the Spanish government dissolved the Catalan parliament, sacked the region’s president and called for fresh elections.

The Madrid government’s plan to impose direct rule in Catalonia was being discussed in the Spanish senate over the last two days, as the regional secessionists pushed their separatist agenda, escalating a political crisis spurred by a recent independence referendum, writes the BBC.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that the new elections in the region will be held on December 21, notes Reuters. The slender hope of any resolution to the standoff took a blow on Thursday when Puigdemont refused to call snap election. 

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