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Constitutional Court of Spain suspends Catalonia’s declaration of independence
15:40, 31 October 2017
Constitutional Court of Spain suspends Catalonia’s declaration of independence

Superior Court in Madrid considers the lawsuit against Carles Puigdemont; the Catalonian leader is charged with separatism, inciting to riot and embezzlement, - EL Pais

15:40, 31 October 2017

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The constitutional court of Spain suspended the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia. According to El Pais, the Catalonian authorities had three days to suspend the declaration; however, on Tuesday this term came to end. Since the Article 155 of Spanish Constitution was applied and the regional government was disbanded, the declaration was not even duly formalized.

Meanwhile, the Superior Court in Madrid considers the lawsuit against Carles Puigdemont; the Catalonian leader is charged with separatism, inciting to riot and embezzlement.

Related: Spanish Attorney Office officially charges leaders of Catalonia

On October 1, the government of Catalonia reported that 90 percent of the voters supported the province’s independence from Spain; BBC wrote this on October 2.

Almost half of Catalonia’s population (2.3 of 5.3 million people) voted on the referendum, which Madrid considers illegal. The voting kicked off in the morning amidst fights with law enforcers. The police blocked the polling stations; nonetheless, the vote actually took place. 

On October 27, the Catalonian government and the Parliament also voted for independence from Spain. In return, the Spanish Senate voted to enact Article 155, which suspends the local governance in Catalonia. On the same day, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy disbanded the Catalonian government snd announced new elections. The control mechanisms were passed to the government in Madrid. Carles Puigdemont was replaced by Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, appointed by the Spanish Cabinet.

Related: Belgium announces possibility of granting political asylum to leader of Catalonia

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