Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and several of his ministers personally made contact with justices on the Constitutional Court before the court issued an extraordinary decision on Saturday regarding the possibility of Carles Puigdemont taking part in a confidence debate to be reappointed First Minister of Catalonia, El País [reported][ep] on Monday.

"Before the justices met, there were contacts between members of the government and the Constitutional Court", wrote the Spanish daily: "Ministers, and Rajoy himself, on the front line, according to government sources, told those who had to take the decision [about the] grave situation the State would find itself in if the former First Minister of Catalonia ended up being appointed by the Catalan Parliament".

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