The federal parliament is expected to ratify Madrid's decision to invoke article 155 in Catalonia by the end of the week, with the consequences still unclear. Meanwhile, Catalan parties are expected to meet on Monday.
That decision, which is expected to be ratified by the Spanish parliament later in the week would dissolve the regional Catalan government and replace it with a caretaker government loyal to Madrid until new regional elections are held within about six months.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his regional executive sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades by holding a banned independence referendum at the beginning of October.
Now they will be stripped of their jobs and their ministries taken over under measures announced Saturday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
The move could include Madrid taking control of the Catalan police force and replacing its public media chiefs.
Catalan's regional parties are expected to meet on Monday to organize a crucial session of the regional parliament that will debate their next steps. Turull, the spokesman for the Catalan government insisted during a radio interview that new elections were "not on the table."
Meanwhile, political analysts say that while Madrid's actions are within the confines of the constitution the execution of the order raises a host of logistical questions.
What happens, for instance, if Catalan police and civil servants refuse to obey orders from the central authorities.
"What is going to happen if they don't abide by it?" said Xavier Arbos Marin, a constitutional law professor at the University of Barcelona, raising the prospect of the government trying to "take them out by force."
Some experts even question whether the government's actions are legal altogether.