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> Madrid took control of the autonomous region on Friday and set a new election, right after Catalonia declared itself an independent nation. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy removed Puigdemont from the helm.
But the latter signed Saturday's declaration as President, rejecting his ousting. Also fired, the autonomous region's Police Chief, while central government's ministries will take over the Catalan Administration. It's the worst political crisis in Spain in decades. The secessionists who partied well into the night, say a referendum a month ago has given them a mandate.
Spain says that vote was illegal. Several countries, including France, Germany, and the United States, have rejected the independence declaration, saying they support Rajoy's efforts to preserve Spain's unity.