Madrid Transfers Catalonia President’s Powers to the Spanish Deputy PM

The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, transferred the powers of Catalonia President to the Minister of Territorial Administration, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, after the dismissal of Carles Puigdemont. This was stated in a document published on Saturday in the Official Gazette.

It notes that after applying the 155th article of the Constitution, which allows limiting the self-governance of Catalonia, “the chairman of the government of the nation assumes the functions and competencies that correspond to the head of Catalonia.” Nevertheless, the document also says that Rajoy “delegates the functions of regional leader to the deputy prime minister.” Control over various departments of the regional government will be transferred to the relevant Spanish ministries.

Catalonia Crisis: Interests of Entire Europe at Stake

On October 27, the Autonomy Parliament approved a resolution on the proclamation of an independent republic. In response, the Spanish Senate approved Madrid’s request for the launch of the previously not applied 155th article of the country’s constitution, which allows limiting the self-governance of the region.

Mariano Rajoy announced the decision to remove Carles Puigdemont and his government members from their posts. The prime minister also dissolved the Catalan parliament. Elections in the autonomous community are scheduled for December 21.

Preceding News about Catalonia

The Spanish authorities decided to remove the head of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont and members of his government from office. This was stated on Friday by the Chairman of the Government of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, following the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

“I dissolved the Parliament of Catalonia, and the election will be held on December 21, the Spanish prime minister said. He also announced the “removal of the head of Catalonia” from office, along with his deputy Oriol Junqueras and members of the regional government, as well as the director of the regional police.

“This is not about suspending self-governance, but about returning to normal life,” the head of the Cabinet emphasized. According to him, it is necessary “to urgently return the voice to all the inhabitants of Catalonia, so that they can determine their future, and no one can commit illegal acts on their behalf.” “Obviously, the rule of law has the tools to protect and guarantee the rights of all Spaniards,” Rajoy added.