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The federal government in Spain has dissolved the Catalan government after the region's independence vote this month, which Spanish leaders said was unconstitutional.
"Today I have dissolved the parliament of Catalonia and have called for elections for December 21 in that region," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a press conference.
As well as removing Carles Puigdemont from the helm, Rajoy also fired the autonomous region's police chief and said central government ministries would take over the Catalan administration.
Reuters contributed to this report.