Spain’s Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy delivers a statement after an extraordinary cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid October 27, 2017.
— Reuters picMADRID, Nov 14 — Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said today he hopes to defeat separatists in next month’s Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers’ independence drive, calling for a “massive” turnout by voters.
Rajoy dismissed the government of Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont last month over his independence bid, suspending the regional parliament and organising a new election.
The prime minister has been rallying support for his Popular Party (PP) in the December 21 election in Catalonia — a region that remains deeply divided over independence despite its parliament’s declaration.
Today Rajoy issued “a call for massive participation” from voters on December 21 in the hope that parties in favour of keeping Catalonia part of Spain put in a strong showing.