Spain’s government demands Cataluña clarify position

Mariano Rajoy giving his speech Mariano Rajoy giving his speech Juan Ignacio Zoido/Twitter

SPAIN’S central government has called for Cataluña to confirm whether or not they have declared independence before proceeding with the activation of Article 155.

The controversial article would give Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy the powers to “adopt the necessary measures to force” an Autonomous Community to comply with the law and their obligations.

In his speech Rajoy said he is giving Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont the chance to “answer the calls from so many to return to legality.”

He also accused Puigdemont of creating “deliberate confusion” and said he wanted to restore “certainty.”

Many in Cataluña fear the central government will take full control of the region using Article 155 although its activation does not necessarily mean so. 

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