Catalonia leader to lose all powers, salary once Spain's Senate approves direct rule

Regional leader of Catalonia, Mr Carles Puigdemont, delivering a speech in Barcelona on Oct 21, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - The regional leader of Catalonia, Mr 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, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister said on Monday (Oct 23).

A single representative may be temporarily instated by Madrid to govern the region after the Senate approves direct rule, Ms Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said in a radio interview.

The Senate is expected to approve the measures on Friday.

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