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    Invoking Article 155 May Unlock Situation in Catalonia, Political Analyst Says

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    The Spanish authorities "are trying to bring normality" into the situation in Catalonia, political analyst Alfonso Valero said, adding that the move will pave the way towards snap elections in which Catalan people will have a say.

    The Spanish authorities "are trying to bring normality" into the situation in Catalonia, political analyst Alfonso Valero said, adding that the move will pave the way towards snap elections in which Catalan people will have a say.

    The Spanish government's decision to invoke Article 155 may "unlock the situation in Catalonia on the way to progress," Alfonso Valero, principal lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University, told Radio Sputnik, commenting on the recent independence referendum in the autonomous region.

    "We are not talking about some kind of extraordinary measure," Valero noted. "The Spanish government is just triggering the article of the Constitution with the support of the majority parties… that have 70 percent of the representation of the Spanish population, including the Catalan voters."

    According to Valero, the Catalan regional authorities have not functioned normally for months.

    "The only thing that the government of Catalonia has been trying to do is to have meetings of the Parliament in order to progress with the declaration of independence," he noted.

    At the same time, the analyst is concerned with the fact that most of the Catalan police might not follow the new orders when the Spanish government uses law-enforcement services to establish order in the country.

    "One of the things that worries me very much is that a significant part of the autonomous police may not obey to the new rule of law and may opt to be themselves revengeful" Valero said, adding that the situation could potentially lead to violence.

    The Spanish government decided at the emergency meeting on Saturday to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which envisages the suspension of some of Catalonia's autonomy under specific conditions, in particular, dismissing the head of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, dissolving the regional parliament and holding snap elections.

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would organize new elections in the region within six months in order to ensure stability in the region and the normal functioning of the country's institutions.

    Commenting on the move, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Sunday that Catalan institutions had been repeatedly "attacked" by Madrid and reproached Spanish King Felipe VI for lending his support to these actions of the government.

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