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And if Rajoy cancels the local government in Catalonia wholesale (legally or illegally), his government will fall and the next facing the same predicament. Only way out I can see for Rajoy is to call new elections in Spain and double down on the Strong against seperatists message.

I saw somewhere that over 700,000 ballots were cast and confiscated, and if those were from different voters than the counted votes (hard to know during the circumstances), and the proportions are the same there, then there already is a majority of voters supporting independence.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 at 11:33:55 AM EST
According to the Catalan government a bit over 300 polling stations were closed out of about 2,300 polling stations. This corresponds to 770,000 registered voters, not to votes cast. The Catalan government also allowed people to vote at any polling station. So the 770,000 could potentially have voted at a different polling station. We don't know this. The Catalan government is using this figure to reduce the denominator for participation rate from 5.5m to maybe 4.7m voters. Participation would still be below 50%.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 at 12:15:33 PM EST
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It is not possible to "cancel" the local government of Catalonia. The Spanish government can commandeer the regional government to enforcce the constitution, in a limited fashion. People are suggesting that Rajoy might use this power to call a snap Catalan regional election - which is normally a decision the Catalan regional premier takes.

Government sources tell the Spanish press if the PSOE does not support Rajoy, he might call a snap Spanish election.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 at 12:19:46 PM EST
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