Spain government took control over Catalonia and fired President Carles Puigdemont on October 28, 2017. This after the declaration of independence from Spain in a parliament session led by Puigdemont. However, the Catalan separatist leader has already called to democratically oppose the measures of Prime Ministre Mariano Rajoy.
The parliament session took place in a closed-door where resulted in 70 votes in favor, 10 against and two abstentions. As soon as this happened, Spain government dissolved the parliament and began to make changes to the leaders of the newly independent region.
As a result, Spain announced a new regional election on Dec. 21, 2017. Puigdemont along with 12 members of the Cabinet were fired, will no longer be paid, and could be arrested if they do not comply by stepping down.
Only one Catalan official has responded to the executive order. Police chief Lluis Trapero said he will comply and obey the order. A spokesperson from Spain said Puigdemont should run for office if he wishes to remain in politics.
Written by Bassil Sockar
Edited by Cathy Milne
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