by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:
Friday morning, the Catalan parliament voted 70-10 to declare independence from Spain. In return, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demands direct rule. How will Rajoy accomplish that?
- There are 135 members in the Catalan parliament, thus 70 constitutes a majority.
- Legislators from the opposition Socialists and Citizens party boycotted the vote.
- Lawmakers from Mariano Rajoy’s Popular party (PP) walked out after placing Spanish and Catalonia official flags in their empty seats.
Spain mulls dissolving Catalonia’s parliament
Eyes now turn to Madrid for the central government’s response.
The Spanish Senate is meeting on Friday to discuss the government’s proposed takeover of the Catalan regional government on the grounds that it broke federal law. The measure would allow Madrid to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament, depose Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and take control of its police force.
The decision is expected at about midnight local time and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is seen likely to gain the votes to strip Catalonia of its autonomy within Spain.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano called for calm in a tweet posted minutes after the Catalan parliament declared independence. “I ask for calm from all Spaniards. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia,” Rajoy wrote.
Students in Barcelona Rally for Independence
Thousands of students rally in Barcelona outside the University of Barcelona and the headquarters of the government of Catalonia in support of Catalan independence and against plans by Spain’s central government to curb the region’s powers.
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