Catalonia crisis: To allow referendums, Spain considering constitutional amendments, says Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis

09 November 2017, 04:26 AM
Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, says FM Dastis
Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, says FM Dastis

Amid the Catalonia crisis, Spain is considering constitutional amendments to allow its regions to hold referendums on independence, said Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis.

"We have created a committee in parliament to explore the possibility of amending the constitution to be able to accommodate better the aspirations of some of the Catalan people," BBC quoted Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis as saying.

"We acknowledge there is a political situation that deserves to be looked at but, in any case, it's clear that the decision will be taken, will have to be taken by all Spaniards," Dastis added.

In Catalonia, the regional government unilaterally declared independence from Spain. The move didn’t go down well with the Madrid and thge regional government was deposed followed by arrests of Catalan leaders.

Rounds of protests were held across Catalonia against the arrests of  region’s ex-leaders. The protesters were demanding amendments in the Spanish constitution so that they can legally get hold a referendum on Catalan Independence.

FM Dastis hoped the change in constitution would help resolving the current Catalonia crisis and make sure it doesn’t occur in the future as well.

First Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 03:59 AM
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