Catalonia: Spain’s deputy prime minister takes charge

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has delegated the powers of the Catalan presidency to his deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.

Meanwhile, the dismissed Catalan government said it will keep working for independence.

After imposing direct rule on Catalonia from Madrid, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has put his deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, in charge of administering the region.

Helm 1aSaenz de Santamaria was expected to meet central government ministry undersecretaries – assistants to ministers –  who are expected to take over the responsibilities of Catalan ministries, over the course of Saturday.

A day earlier, Saenz de Santamaria – who has been vocal in her criticism of the past Catalan leadership – warned there could be “dismissals of…

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