The President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, has dissolved the Catalan Parliament and has called regional elections for December 21.
In addition, he has ordered cesar to the president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, to the vice president, Oriol Junqueras, and all government advisers Catalan.
The still Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, must leave his post once his dismissal is published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) and if he does not do so, he could incur a crime of usurpation of functions if he resists accepting his dismissal and barricades himself in the Palau de la Generalitat, according to sources from Moncloa.
It has also ordered the dismissal of the Secretary General of the Interior of the Generalitat, César Puig, and the general director of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Pere Soler, a measure that does not affect at the moment the mayor of the autonomous police, Josep Lluís Ttrapero.
It has also urged the closure of the Catalan embassies. According to the website of the Generalitat, Catalonia has seven representation delegations abroad: in Germany, France and Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Austria, Italy, the European Union and the United States.
Mariano Rajoy has appeared tonight to announce the exceptional first measures which has been adopted by the extraordinary Council of Ministers against the declaration of independence in Catalonia and by virtue of article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.
Rajoy has justified this decision because he considers that it is “urgent to give back the voice to Catalan citizens so that they can decide their future”.
And it is also, he added, so that “no one can commit illegalities on behalf” of the citizens of Catalonia.
“They are the ballot boxes, the real ones”, the ones that have to establish “the controls and guarantees” and “those that can lay the foundations for the necessary recovery of coexistence between Catalans”, added Rajoy. And he has added that the Spanish Government does not want to delay this task of recovering coexistence “not a minute more.”
That is why he has defended calling “free, fair and legal elections as soon as possible, which can restore democracy in the autonomous community,” he said.
CUP has not been slow to respond to that call. The deputy Mireia Boya has ignored the call for regional elections in Catalonia announced by Mariano Rajoy, for next December 21, and has called for a “massive insubordinate paella” to be held on the same day.
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On the other hand, Rajoy has thanked the leaders of the PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, and Citizens, Albert Rivera, for having supported the measures applied today under Article 155.
Rajoy has also thanked the support of the parties that have come together with the PP in the last general elections, such as Union of the Navarrese People (UPN) and Asturias Forum, in a “very difficult” moment.
Finally, he also thanked Canary Coalition and to all those who have given their support this afternoon in the Senate vote that has given the green light to Article 155.