The announcement was made on Friday minutes before the Spanish Senate voted to invoke Article 155 of the country's constitution, which seizes Catalonia's autonomous powers.
LIVE UPDATES: Madrid Imposes Direct Rule as Catalonia Declares Independence
14:23 GMT 27.10.2017 (Updated: 15:31 GMT 28.10.2017)
The Catalan Parliament, in a secret ballot, has voted in favor of a motion to declare independence from Spain in the form of a republic. Out of 135 lawmakers, only 82 took part in the vote, of which 70 voted in favor of independence with 10 against. Two lawmakers cast blank ballots.