Catalonia’s parliament backs declaration to split from Spain

Monday, November 9, 2015
By Paul Martin

RT.com
9 Nov, 2015

Catalonia’s regional parliament has backed a declaration on Monday to start a formal secession process from Spain. The region plans to establish autonomous rule by 2017.

The declaration on secession, which launches a so-called roadmap towards independence, was backed by a majority in the regional parliament. The motion was passed by 72 votes to 63, AP reported.

“There is a growing cry for Catalonia to not merely be a country, but to be a state with everything that entails,” Raul Romeva, head of Together for Yes, said ahead of the session. “Today we don’t only open a new parliament, this marks a before and after.”

The vote was proposed by Catalan pro-independence parties, which won the local parliamentary election in September this year. They hope it will lead to the northeastern region seceding from Spain within 18 months.

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