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    Spanish Gov't to Invoke Constitution's Article 155, Quashing Catalan Autonomy

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    Earlier in the day, Catalonia's leader stated that the Catalan parliament could proceed to declare independence if Spain's authorities refused to talk. This Thursday was the deadline given by Madrid to the Catalan leader to announce the status of the region.

    The Government of Spain stated that on Saturday it will begin the procedure for invoking Article 155 of its Constitution, which will suspend the autonomous status of Catalonia. The government has vowed to take every opportunity at its disposal to "restore, as soon as possible, the legality and constitutional order, restore peaceful coexistence between citizens, and stop the economic deterioration caused by the unstable legal situation in Catalonia."

    Also a special group of experts had been set up in Madrid to determine what actions would be legitimate in the event of Catalonia's refusal to fulfill the obligations of the Spanish Constitution.

    On October 1, a referendum on independence was held in Catalonia, more that 90 percent of voters agreed to secede from Spain. Following the vote, the Catalan leader said the region deserved to be sovereign; however, he urged the parliament to suspend the declaration of independence. The Constitutional Court of Spain recognized the vote as not in accordance with the constitution.

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