Tuesday 11 December 2018

Spanish king: Catalan independence bid ‘attack on democracy’

Felipe VI said the issue ‘should serve as a lesson over the need to preserve the rule of law and national sovereignty’.

King Felipe VI of Spain arrives for his speech (AP)
King Felipe VI of Spain arrives for his speech (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Spain’s King Felipe VI has said the recent Catalan push for independence was an attack on the country’s democratic system.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Felipe said the controversy should serve as a lesson for democracies around the world on the need to preserve the rule of law and national sovereignty.

The Spanish king said what happened in Catalonia was “an attempt to undermine the basic rules of our democratic system”.

Spain experienced its worst political crisis in a decade late last year, when the Catalan parliament declared independence.

Spain ousted the regional government, dissolved Catalonia’s parliament and called regional elections in December which resulted in a slim majority for the secessionists.

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