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End of democracy: Frightened Rajoy activates Article 155 for Catalonia

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has confirmed that Spain will go forward with Article 155 after his cabinet held a crisis meeting to decide how to put an end to Catalonia's secession drive.

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The previously untapped article of Spain's constitution will enable Madrid to seize powers from the wealthy northeastern region.

Rajoy listed four goals for enacting Article 155: A return to legality, to recover normality and co-existence, to continue with economic recovery and to have an election in Catalonia in "normal political circumstances".

The Catalan government will be dissolved as a result.

Rajoy, who leads a minority government, has the support of the centre-left Socialist party and centre-right Citizens party, which will be enough votes to enact Article 155.

But the measure has never been used, is only two paragraphs long and does not provide a blueprint for implementation.


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