Sáenz de Santamaría assumes the presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia




The first measures of 155 have been implemented. The entire Government of Carles Puigdemont has been dismissed and the ministers of the Government of Spain will be in charge of the ministries until December 21.


The Official State Gazette (BOE) has published this Saturday the royal decree by which the Government of Spain the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and the full Government are dismissed, in application of article 155 of the Constitution, after the proclamation yesterday of the Catalan Republic.

Mariano Rajoy assumes the functions and powers that correspond to the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, but delegates to Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, that in addition to taking charge of the Presidency of the Generalitat will be responsible for the General Secretariat for Government Communication and the Media, the Government office, the General Directorate of Interdepartmental Coordination, the Center for Opinion Studies and the Autonomous Entity of the Official Gazette and Publications of the Generalitat of Catalonia (EADOP), the Consortium of the Open Administration of Catalonia, the Telecommunications and Information Technology Center (CTTI) and the Information Security Center of Catalonia (CESICAT).

For their part, the 11 ministries of the Generalitat will remain in the hands of the ministries of the Government of Spain. Thus, the Minister of the Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, will assume the Ministry of the Interior; the foreign minister, Alfonso Maria Dastis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union of the Department of Institutional, International Affairs and Relations and Transparency; the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá, the Ministry of Justice; the Minister of Finance, Cristobal Montoro, the Ministry of Economy of the Department of Vice Presidency and Economy and Finance of the Generalitat; the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, the General Secretariat of Education and the Minister of Employment, Fatima Banez, the General Secretariat of Labor, Social Affairs and Families.

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Faced with the possibility that Carles Puigdemont or his directors are reluctant to leave their current positions, the Government of Spain has warned that they may incur a crime of usurpation of functions, whose regulation is typified in the Penal Code.

Together with the publication of the dissolution of the Parliament of Catalonia, the BOE also makes official the call for elections for next December 21, whose electoral campaign will last 15 days, between the 5th and the 19th of that month.

Five decrees in force, as of today

These provisions are part of the measures adopted by the Government under article 155 of the Constitution, which are developed in five decrees that come into force today, as a result of their publication in the BOE.

The royal decrees, whose measures were authorized yesterday Friday by the Senate, They also include the dismissal of different senior positions in the Generalitat such as that of Josep Lluis Trapero as major superior of the body of the Mossos d’Esquadra.

The BOE also publishes several measures regarding the organization of the Generalitat by which Catalan offices and “embassies” abroad are abolished and they are the delegates in Brussels and Madrid are dismissed, which it affects the representations of Catalonia in Germany, France and Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Austria, Italy, the European Union and the United States.

In the section on Other provisions and under the competence of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the Official State Gazette includes the essential services that must be provided in Catalonia during the call for a general strike called from October 20 to November 9, 2017 .

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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