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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.
Reuters contributed to this report.
"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.
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