Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government
14:05, Saturday, 28 October, 2017
The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. The measures early on Saturday came after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on Friday. An official state bulletin dismissed Catalan leaders and handed control of Catalonia to Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Earlier, Spain's interior ministry took charge of Catalonia's police after firing senior Catalan police officials. On Friday, PM Mariano Rajoy announced the dissolution of the regional parliament and the removal of the Catalan leader, and called snap local elections.