Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia

 27 Oct 2017 - 17:18

Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) listens to Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria during a debate at the upper house Senate in Madrid, Spain, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Reuters

MADRID: The upper house of Spain's parliament on Friday authorised the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to rule Catalonia directly from Madrid, minutes after the restive region declared independence from Spain.

Rajoy is now expected to convene his cabinet to adopt the first measures to govern Catalonia. This could include firing the Barcelona government and assuming direct supervision of Catalan police forces.