Podemos has decided to take control of its Catalan branch, Podem, and order a regional grassroots ballot to decide the party's position in the upcoming regional elections, called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy using his Article 155 powers to suspend home rule.

A statement from the national leadership—likely written by Pablo Iglesias in person—said the regional leader of Podem, Albano Dante Fachin, had not informed national HQ of how he and his MPs intended to vote on Friday during the independence ballot in the regional chamber.

"One of our female MPs did not vote against the...