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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is applauded by his fellow People's Party (PP) deputies during the weekly cabinet control session at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, October 25,2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


MADRID (Reuters) - One of the priorities for Spain's government is restoring "normality and legality" in the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament on Wednesday.

Catalonia is facing direct rule from Madrid from Friday, due to an independence bid which Spanish courts have ruled contravenes the country's 1978 constitution.

(Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Isla Binnie)

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