MADRID — Spain has moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia dissolving the regional parliament in Catalonia, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declaring that new elections will be held in the region on December 21, less than an hour after its Parliament declared independence in a stunning show of defiance.
Mr Rajoy called for calm and said the rule of law would be restored in Catalonia, where secessionists have long cherished the dream of being a separate nation.
“Spain is living through a sad day,” Mr Rajoy said.
Following the Catalan parliament’s earlier vote Friday, in which it took the decision to announce the region’s independence from Spain, the government in Madrid promptly fired the cabinet in Catalonia.
“We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf,” Mr Rajoy said in a televised speech.
He also said it was firing the head of Catalan regional police, shutting down Catalonia’s foreign affairs department and dismissing its delegates in Brussels and Madrid.
A crowd of more than 2,000 independence supporters gathered in the Ciutadella Park outside the regional parliament in Barcelona, shouting “Liberty” in Catalan and singing traditional songs as the independence vote went through.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont left the chamber to shouts of “President!” and mayors who had come from outlying areas brandished their ceremonial batons and sang the Catalan anthem.
But Within an hour of vote, the upper house of Spain’s Parliament in Madrid authorised Mr Rajoy’s government to rule Catalonia directly — an unprecedented move in Spain since the return of democracy in the late 1970s.Follow @gorkhapost
Advance booking open for Dashin
Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking. Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.Follow @gorkhapost