Catalonian parliament approves plan for independence from Spain

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Catalonia’s regional parliament has approved a plan to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government.

The Barcelona-based chamber passed the motion by 72 votes to 63.

The proposal was tabled by pro-secession politicians from the Together For Yes alliance and the extreme left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP). The groups together obtained a parliamentary majority in regional elections in September.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy previously vowed to take legal action against the Catalan parliament if it was to approve the secession plan.

Mr Rajoy is scheduled to speak later on Monday.

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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