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In what may be described as a symbolic move, the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona has declared Independence from Spain after a 70-10 vote. However, the vote was boycotted by opposition parties in the regional parliament. The Spanish government is set to invoke direct rule in Catalonia which will in effect remove most if not all of the region’s leaders as the region will be administered by Madrid.
Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy took to Twitter to urge for calm tweeting: “I ask for calm from all Spaniards,” he said. “The rule of law will be re-established in Catalonia.”
The Senate in Spain has in reaction to the declaration of Independence by Catalonia authorized the central government to apply article 155 of the Spanish constitution revoking Catalan autonomy.
The Spanish government’s cabinet is expected to meet this evening to articulate its formal reaction to this momentous event.