Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that his central government would use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to sack the entire Catalan regional government and force new elections in the region within six months.

The responsibilities of the Catalan government will be administered in the interim period by central government ministries.

The Catalan Parliament will not be allowed to present a new candidate for First Minister, to prevent Mr. Puigdemont from being reappointed.

This is the first time in the modern democratic period that a central government has suspended ...