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Source:   —  October 19, 2017, at 6:07 AM

It was Madrid'south response to a letter from Catalan president Carles Puigdemont earlier Thursday, threatening to explicitly declare independence from Spain if number talks were offered by the federal government to deal greater autonomy for the region.

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Spain'south government said Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would keep a special Cabinet meeting over the weekend to trigger the process to get some or full control of Catalonia'south semi-autonomous powers.

It was Madrid'south response to a letter from Catalan president Carles Puigdemont earlier Thursday, threatening to explicitly declare independence from Spain if number talks were offered by the federal government to deal greater autonomy for the region.

Puigdemont said in the letter that if Spain'south government continued to "hinder dialogue and continues its repression," Catalonia'south parliament would proceed to keep a vote on declaring independence from Spain.

Spain replied that the government would keep the special Cabinet meeting on Saturday and "approve the measures that'll be sent to the Senate to defend the common interest of all Spaniards."

The measure falls below Article one hundred fifty-five of Spain's one thousand nine hundred seventy-eight Constitution, but has never been used in the four decades since democracy was restored at the finish of Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship.

Puigdemont'south letter to Spain'south boss arrived minutes before the expiration of a deadline to back down on the independence bid, which was keep in motion following a referendum on secession early in Oct which Madrid has dismissed as illegal.

Puigdemont, in an address to the regional parliament latest week, declared independence but then immediately suspended it and challenged Spain to hold negotiations.

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