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Catalonia election: Puigdemont hails 'defeat' for Spanish state

BBC News

Catalonia's ousted separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, has declared that the Spanish state has been defeated in a snap regional election.


Catalonia election: Separatist parties keep their majority

BBC News

Catalan separatist parties are on track to win most seats in the new regional parliament, setting the stage for more confrontation with Spain's government.


Catalonia election: Spain PM Rajoy rejects Puigdemont talks call

BBC News

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rebuffed calls by Catalonia's ousted leader, Carles Puigdemont, to meet for new talks outside the country.


Spain's prime minister will work with a new Catalonia government, as long as it operates within the law

Los Angeles Times

Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected an invitation to meet with Calalonia's pro-independence former president, saying he would instead welcome dialogue with a new regional government in light of Thursday's snap election results.


Catalonia independence: Spain strips police chief of powers

BBC News

The Spanish government has stripped the head of Catalonia's regional police of his powers, hours after direct rule was imposed on the region. This is the first specific measure taken since the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence. PM Mariano Rajoy has also announced the dissolution of the regional parliament and the removal of the Catalan leader, and called for snap local elections. Demonstrations for and against independence went on into the night. More are expected on Saturday, with a rally "for the unity of Spain and the constitution" to be held in Madrid.