Wednesday 17 October 2018

Catalans go back to work after Spanish government overturn declaration of independence

A Mosso d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police officer, stand guard at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, Spain, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A Mosso d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police officer, stand guard at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, Spain, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Catalonia's civil servants face their first full working week since Spain's central government overturned a declaration of independence by firing the region's elected leaders.

All eyes will be on whether the transfer of power will be smooth or face opposition, which could deepen a month-long political crisis.

There was no sign of whether ousted regional leader Carles Puigdemont and other members of his deposed cabinet would try to go to their offices on Monday, after the regional parliament proclaimed independence from Spain in a secret ballot on Friday.

Mr Puigdemont has vowed peaceful and "democratic opposition" to his cabinet's dismissal, but he has not clarified if that means accepting an early regional election as a way out of the deadlock.

He is likely to be accused of rebellion on Monday for pushing ahead with secession.

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