Catalan crisis: Puigdemont under pressure over independence bid


Pressure is rising on Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont over his regional government’s drive for independence from Spain.

He is expected to make a statement in Barcelona at 17:00 (15:00 GMT) to clarify his position.

The Spanish government plans to strip the regional government and Mr Puigdemont of their powers.

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution lets Madrid take control of institutions, police and finances.

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