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Catalan leader to lose all powers once senate approves direct rule

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters in Barcelona

Regional leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont will lose all powers and will stop receiving a salary once the senate approves article 155 which imposes direct central government rule on the region, the Deputy Prime Minister said on Monday.

A single representative may be temporarily instated by Madrid to govern the region after the senate approves direct rule, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said in a radio interview. The senate is expected to approve the measures on Friday.

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