Spanish PM takes firm stand on Catalonia before election
(MENAFN) Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, facing a national election in two weeks, said he will act with "strength and proportion" against any attempt by Catalan separatists to restart their 2017 independence bid.
Catalonia's unsuccessful attempt to split from Spain and Madrid's approach to the region has become the defining issue ahead of the April 28 election, in which polls show a coalition of right-wing, unionist parties could seize a majority in parliament.
Sanchez said: "If we see the laws of the constitution or the Statute of Autonomy in Catalonia broken once more, the state of law led by this government will act with strength and proportion against any challenge."
In such an event, the minister suggested he could apply direct rule to Catalonia, repeating the decision of former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who took over the regional government during the secession crisis in 2017.
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