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Madrid's rule ends as Catalan's new cabinet sworn in

Almost seven months of direct rule from Madrid ended this weekend after a new Catalan cabinet was sworn in. 
Catalan's new leader and close ally of the previous leader, Quim Torra on Saturday sought to rebuild ties with Madrid whilst reaffirming his commitment to Catalonia's independence. 

Catalan's autonomy was suspended by Madrid after the region declared independence following a referendum last year. 

Mr Torra said he wanted to restart talks with Madrid following the swearing in of Spain's new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez. 

“This government is committed to moving towards an independent state in the form of a republic,” Mr Torra was quoted by Reuters as saying.