Spain: 'Triggering Article 155 is to restore legality' — Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the goal of triggering Article 155 is to “restore legality” in Catalonia, speaking to the parliament in Madrid, Wednesday. “The application of Article 155 is an exceptional decision. Since it's an exceptional decision, we want it to last briefly and that's why the process ends with a call for elections — not when I want it, but when elections can be... Еще held,” Rajoy said. The prime minister went on to comment on the discussions between him and Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. “The only thing Mr. Puigdemont wanted to negotiate with me, were the terms and deadline of Catalonia's independence,” Rajoy said, adding that as a Spanish PM he “cannot negotiate either terms or the dates of an independence of Catalonia. Mr. Puigdemont did not want to talk about anything else. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the application of Article 155 on Friday. The article was passed by Rajoy's government last week.

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