Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

NYT/Raphael Minder & Patrick Kingsley/10-27-17

Spain’s leader fired the government of the country’s Catalonia region on Friday, dissolved the regional parliament and ordered new elections after defiant Catalan lawmakers declared independence, escalating the biggest political crisis in Spain in decades.

The measures announced by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a televised address capped a frenzied day of political maneuvering in Madrid, Spain’s capital, and Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, where the long drive for independence — illegal under Spain’s Constitution — has now reached its fiercest level yet.

…Spain’s attorney general may now seek to detain Catalan leaders on grounds of rebellion.

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