Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses a press conference at the end of an European leaders' summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's Parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's independence push.The government Friday would not confirm whether January elections formed a part of the package, with Rajoy saying only that the measures would be announced Saturday.However a government spokesman saw regional elections as likely. Direct rule from Madrid would be temporary while regional elections are held in order to form a new government.Socialist politician Carmen Calvo, a member of cross-party talks to establish what measures the government should take to impose direct rule on Catalonia, told TVE state television that January regional elections would form part of the package.
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