Barcelona: Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived in Catalonia to present candidates for the elections on December 21.
"In Catalonia I represent the candidates from the People's Party of Catalonia for the elections on December 21. An excellent team that protects the unity and well-being of all Catalans," Rajoy said.
Parliament of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia on Friday, October 27, adopted a resolution that proclaimed the independence of the region from Madrid. The Spanish Senate, in turn, voted to activate Article 155 of the country's Constitution, which provides for the suspension of the region's autonomy and the imposition of direct subordination to the central government. The leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, who was removed, called on supporters of independence for democratic resistance against direct control from Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the same day announced the dissolution of the Catalan Parliament, led by its leader Carles Puigdemont, who on that day proclaimed the adoption of a resolution on independence from Madrid. Also, Rajoy appointed the election of a new parliament on December 21 this year. The representative of the Spanish government, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, said that Madrid is not against the participation of the former head of the Catalonia Generalitat Carles Puigdemont in the elections of the region.
On October 29, Belgium's Minister of Immigration, Theo Francken, said that if requested, his country could grant political asylum to Carles Puigdemont, leader of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia. Spain has already reacted to such statements, in particular, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the proposal "unacceptable."
Subsequently, Puigdemont still fled to Belgium, from where he stated that he was not going to ask for asylum in Belgium, but would return to Spain only if "guarantees" were provided from the central government. On Friday, November 3, the Spanish prosecutor's office applied to the national court for a European warrant for Catalonia arrestor Carles Puigdemont.
On Sunday, November 5, Puigdemont and four other former ministers of the Catalan government surrendered to the Belgian prosecutor's office. The European arrest warrant sets a maximum period of 60 days for the decision of extradition procedures between two Member States, a period that can be extended for another 30 days, up to 90 days, in exceptional cases.