Spain government aims to dissolve Catalonia’s autonomy, seeks early election


Spain’s prime minister moved Saturday to invoke a never-used constitutional article that would strip Catalonia of its autonomous power, calling it a last resort to “restore order.”

Catalonia’s president responded by making a veiled independence threat, telling lawmakers to come up with a plan to counter Spain’s “attempt to wipe out self-government.”

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he wants the country’s senate to allow central ministers to take over functions from all members of the Catalan leadership, effectively dissolving the prosperous region of its government. It would also take control of the regional police, finances and the public media. – READ MORE

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