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>> Catalonia waving goodbye to Spain as its the local lawmakers pass a vote to proceed with a formal declaration of independence. But how far regional President Carlos Puigdemont can go is very much still up in the air. As moments later, the National Senate in Madrid passed a measure allowing its government to take direct control of the breakaway state.
Reuters Julien Toyer in Madrid.>> It's very likely that Puigdemont's government will be sacked. It might be the first measures that actually the central government takes in putting a new team to govern Catalonia. The government so far has said it was not preparing any arrests, so if Puigdemont and his team decide that they won't be leaving their offices, they won't be leaving the buildings.
Then the government will have to decide whether it actually goes and takes them out physically or just installs a new regional government in different buildings. It's part of the difficulties of implementing direct rule on the ground. The question will actually be answered in the next few days.>>
>> Members of several major Spanish political parties walked out of Catalonia's parliament in protest ahead of the vote, leaving much of the room empty, and the pro-independence crowd in charge. Although the independence camp holds a majority of lawmakers, past polls and elections have shown that Catalonians are roughly split 50/50 on whether to secede.
Now Madrid wants to impose new elections within six months, hoping that big losses for the independence camp will sap their claims to legitimacy. If that doesn't happen, the fear is of prolonged turmoil and possibly violence.