The Spanish foreign minister’s comment comes as Madrid has imposed direct rule over Catalonia after invoking Article 155.
According to the Spanish foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, Catalonia should remain to be a part of Spain despite the independence vote, in which some 90 percent of the region’s residents backed secession from the country.
Madrid hopes that holding local elections in Catalonia would help to “restore legal governance and rule of law in Catalonia,” the Spanish top diplomat has said.
“We hope and believe that after these elections, Catalonia will again be the same society it was before: open and integrated.”
The Spanish foreign policy chief’s statement comes after the country’s Senate invoked Article 155 of the Constitution imposing direct control over Catalonia after the region’s parliament had voted in favor of unilaterally declaring independence from Spain on October 27.
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