Spain: Interim Catalan parliament to challenge Art. 155 ruling following election

Catalonia's interim parliament (diputacion permanente del Parlament) have stated that they wish to challenge the Spanish government's Article 155 ruling during a chamber meeting in Barcelona on Wednesday. During the meeting, they held a vote to forward a motion of appeal, which subsequently won by 11 votes in favour, 7 against and 1 abstention. Spokesperson for the Parliament of the Pro... Еще-Independence party Junts Pel Si, Maria Corominas stated: «The dissolution of the parliament and the dismissal of the Catalan President and Government violates the current legal order. We'll argue it, first the legal questions and afterwards a political one to demand the chamber to defend this institution in front of the Constitutional Court.» A total of 81.94 percent of the Catalan electorate cast their vote during the regional elections. The pro-unity Ciutadans won the majority of votes, but failed to secure a parliament majority, securing 37 parliament seats. Pro-independence Junts per Catalunya, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) and Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP= secured 34, 32 and 4 respectively, which should sufficient to form a ruling coalition. Regional elections were called by the Spanish government after it brought Catalonia under direct rule by triggering Article 155 of the constitution. This move was in response to a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament based on the results of the disputed independence referendum of October 1. Mandatory Credit: ACN

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