Catalan Crisis: Spain Senate to Vote on Emergency Powers
Albanian Daily News
Published October 27, 2017
Carles Puigdemont (right) has been under pressure not to call a snap electionThe Spanish Senate is due to discuss a plan by the Madrid government to take over some of Catalonia's autonomous powers, amid an escalating crisis over the region's push for independence.
Earlier this month Catalonia held a disputed referendum on the issue.
The Senate is expected to pass the emergency measures, which include sacking the Catalan president.
Meanwhile the regional parliament has been debating a possible declaration of independence.
The debate began on Thursday, after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont failed to reveal a favoured course of action, and called on MPs to decide on a response.
Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence following the 1 October vote, but immediately halted implementation and called for negotiations between Catalonia and the Spanish government.
The Catalan government said that of the 43% who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence.
However, the Constitutional Court ruled it was illegal.