Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia
Spain's government set the clock ticking Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region's leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence.


Madrid had given Puigdemont until Monday 10:00 a.m. (0800 GMT) to clarify his position on independence with a "Yes" or "No", and until Thursday to change his mind if he insisted on a split - saying Madrid would suspend Catalonia's autonomy if he chose secession.

Justice Minister Rafael Catala said on Monday the answer that Puigdemont had given in a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was not valid.
 [dailystar.com.lb/REUTERS]
 16/10/17

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