Spanish Government puts Catalonia on notice, could impose direct rule
Oct 11, Madrid: The Spainish Government has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region.
PM Mariano Rajoy today said his government had asked the regional government to clarify whether or not it had declared independence.
The move is the first step towards suspending Catalonia's autonomy under the constitution.Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday but halted implementation to allow for talks. Rajoy has accused Catalan President Carles Puigdemont of having created "deliberate confusion" and said he wanted to restore "certainty".
"This call - ahead of any of the measures that the government may adopt under Article 155 of our constitution - seeks to offer citizens the clarity and security that a question of such importance requires," Rajoy said. "There is an urgent need to put an end to the situation that Catalonia is going through - to return it to safety, tranquillity and calm and to do that as quickly as possible."
If the Catalan president says that an independence declaration was indeed made, then Rajoy may move towards emergency steps, but if Puigdemont says that none was technically made, Rajoy may accept that Catalonia is no longer breaking Spanish law.
This notice from the Spanish PM comes after, Puigdemont in his address to the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, said that the autonomous region had won the right to be independent as a result of the vote.
The Oslo Times International News Network