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Nationalists back in power in Catalonia, say target independence

June 23 2018, 04:31 | Irvin Gilbert

Newly elected Catalan Prime Minister Qim Torra will assume control of the newly sworn in Catalan government on Saturday

Newly elected Catalan Prime Minister Qim Torra will assume control of the newly sworn in Catalan government on Saturday

Catalonia's new separatist government will be sworn in Saturday, the regional presidency announced, which will spark the automatic end of Madrid's direct rule over the region.

Autonomy was suspended after Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence last October, which was declared illegal in the courts.

Spain's King Felipe VI, left, with Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who was sworn in at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, on Saturday.

"We need to sit down at the same table and negotiate, government to government", he said.

The move comes a day after conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was dismissed by Spain's parliament.

Sanchez said on Thursday that one of the priorities of his government would be "rebuilding bridges" with regions and "establishing the foundations that allow us to normalize relations and start a dialogue between the Spanish government and the new government in Catalonia".

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Under the terms of emergency legislation brought in to take over the Catalan administration, Madrid must lift direct rule once a Catalan government is fully formed and cabinet members are sworn in.

It took several tense months after the snap elections for the Catalan nationalists to finally get approval for a new regional government, after several failed attempts when Madrid barred jailed candidates or those in self-imposed exile, such as former regional leader Carles Puigdemont, from office.

The members of Catalonia's former government are to be tried on charges including rebellion.

The 46 year-old Sanchez is now the prime minister in waiting.

The Parliament voted 180-169 Friday to replace Rajoy's government with one led by Sanchez.

Unlike the new government in Italy, Sanchez and his party are staunch supporters of the European Union and the shared currency.



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