October 26, 2017 / 2:18 PM / in a year

Spanish govt to suspend direct rule in Catalonia if regional election called: media

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s government is ready to suspend the application of direct rule in Catalonia if Catalan head Carles Puigdemont calls a snap regional election, La Vanguardia newspaper reported on Thursday, citing sources from the ruling People’s Party.

Puigdemont is set to call an election, according to political allies, a move that could help break a one-month deadlock between the Madrid government and separatists seeking a split from Spain.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Angus Berwick

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