Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

27 October 2017, 08:05 PM
Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain
Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

In a momentous decision, Catalonia's parliament on Friday voted to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a republic, just as the Spanish government prepared to impose direct rule.

With 70 votes in favour, 10 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber boycotted by opposition MPs, the motion declaring the independence was approved.

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But Spain's Constitutional Court had ruled the vote as illegal and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to 'restore legality' in Catalonia.

First Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 08:03 PM
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