Spain poised to roll back Catalonia’s regional autonomy


PV International Desk : Spanish lawmakers are poised to adopt extraordinary measures Friday to seize control of rebel region Catalonia in a bid to frustrate its independence drive, though separatists are likely to push back.

The senate, where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party holds a majority, is scheduled to meet from 10:00 am (0800 GMT) to vote on steps to depose Catalonia’s secessionist government before the week is out, after the region held an unlawful independence referendum on October 1.

For its part, the Catalan parliament, where pro-secession parties hold sway, will meet in Barcelona where a proposal to vote on splitting from Spain could work its way onto the floor.

On Thursday, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont opted not to call elections for a new regional parliament — thought to be the only way to stave off Madrid’s imminent power grab.