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Extraordinary Council of Ministers

Government approves initial measures provided for in application of Article 155 of the Constitution

Moncloa Palace, Madrid, Friday 27 October 2017
Pool Moncloa/ Diego Crespo

The extraordinary Council of Ministers, after receiving the authorisation of the Upper House of Parliament, approved five decrees as the initial measures to recover legality in Catalonia and to restore its self-governance. These include the removal of the Regional Government of Catalonia and the calling of elections to be held on 21 December.

The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, made a statement after the meeting of the Council of Ministers to explain the measures adopted to prevent "those responsible, to date, for the Regional Government of Catalonia, from continuing to take steps in its escalation of disobedience and aggression towards our Constitution and co-existence in Catalonia".

Mariano Rajoy claimed that the measures adopted seek "to restore the self-governance that was wiped out over the last few weeks by a series of illegal decisions adopted by the Regional Government of Catalonia, that were arbitrary and exclusionary".

These measures include the removal of the President of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and all the members of his regional government, the dissolution of the Regional Parliament of Catalonia and the calling of elections in this autonomous region to be held on 21 December.


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