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Catalonia declares independence from Spain, direct Madrid rule looms

Senate to authorise government to rule Catalonia directly; Prime minister calls for calm

Reuters  |  Barcelona 

Catalonia's parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in defiance of the Madrid government, which at the same time was preparing to impose direct rule over the region. Although the declaration was in effect a symbolic gesture as it will not be accepted by Spain or the international community, the moves by both sides take Spain's worst political crisis in four decades to a new level. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy immediately called for calm and said the rule of law would be restored. The motion passed in the regional parliament in Barcelona -- which ...

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First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 19:37 IST