Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule
The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia.
The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by the supreme court.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont argues that the referendum result gave him a mandate to pursue independence.
But Spain’s government disagrees and is preparing to take back power.
How did we get here?
Catalonia’s regional government held a referendum on 1 October to ask residents of the region if they wanted to break away from Spain.
Of the 43% of Catalans said to have taken part, 90% voted in favour of independence. But many anti-independence supporters boycotted the ballot, arguing it was not valid.
Mr Puigdemont and other regional leaders then signed a declaration of independence, but immediately suspended it in order to allow for talks.
He then defied two deadlines set by the national government to clarify Catalonia‘s position, and the government announced it would pursue Article 155. Read more
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