Spain's Constitutional Court annuls Catalan declaration of independence

The Spanish government moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia and convened regional elections on December 21
Photo: Taken from Mariano Rajoy Twitter account
08/11/2017
13:16
AFP
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On Wednesday, Spain's Constitutional Court annulled the declaration of independence that was adopted by the Catalan parliament on 27 October.

On Twitter, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wrote in Spanish: “The Government invoked Article 155 to restore legality and return the voice to citizens with election #ControlSession.”

On a statement, it said that "the declaration of independence adopted on October 27 is declared unconstitutional and null" and it had been provisionally suspended on October 31 when it accepted an appeal from the Spanish Government of Mariano Rajoy.

The Catalan Parliament approved the proclamation on October 27, after which the Spanish government moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia and convened regional elections on December 21.

"In favor of dialogue in the law. I am confident that on December 21 there will be a period of coexistence, economic improvement, and respect for the law #ControlSession.”

Since 2014, the Constitutional Court has systematically annulled the decisions and resolutions of Catalonia aimed at organizing a referendum which was finally organized on October 1, although without the usual electoral guarantees.

Thus, Spain issued an arrest warrant for ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is currently in Belgium, and four members of his dismissed government, who ignored a court order to appear before a judge, and a day after eight fellow members of the dissolved Catalan government were jailed in Spain.

In addition, the Catalan regional parliament speaker, Carme Forcadell and five other leaders, suspected of rebellion were called to appear before Spain's Constitutional Court.

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