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Mariano Rajoy lost a vote of no confidence on Friday, after a court convicted Rajoy's former aides of running slush funds to help finance election campaigns for his Popular Party.
Spain’s prime minister hid out in a restaurant for 8 hours before losing a crucial vote that could trigger another European crisis
Mariano Rajoy hid out in the posh Arahy restaurant, where the menu includes dishes such as baked banana croutons with typical beef stew from Madrid, avocado and jalapeño, and ceviche of sea bass, with lime and avocado.
Carles Puigdemont went into self-imposed exile in Brussels after the autonomous region declared independence from Spain last year.
Puigdemont said the national government's actions are 'contrary to the expressed will of the citizens of our country' in a TV address on Saturday.
Hours later, the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy announced he fired the entire Catalan government.
‘Catalonia is an integral part of Spain’: The US sides with Spain’s government in Catalonia independence dispute
The US State Department said it supports the Spanish government's right to take control of Catalonia after the region's parliament declared independence Friday.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to strip Catalonia's autonomy and to call for elections as the battle over the region's independence push continues.
Catalonia symbolically declared independence — but is pretty vague about what that means.
Catalonian officials have said they would declare independence as early as Monday.
Trump called Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy president at least three times during their press conference.