Madrid moves to curb Catalan powers after crisis cabinet meeting

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to fire Catalonia’s president and his entire government under special powers available to the government under Spain’s constitution.

Speaking after a special cabinet meeting to decide on which measures to take under Article 155 to bock the Catalan government’s attempts to secede from Spain, Mr Rajoy said the objective was to hold elections in the region within six months in order to recover legality and the normal functioning of the country’s institutions.