Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

The lawmakers of Catalonia voted on Friday to declare independence from Spain as Madrid wanted to make sure to restore legality and cancel the secessionist bid of the region. With a huge number of pro-independence activists who have gathered outside the regional parliament in Barcelona for passing a resolution for the declaration of Catalonia as an independent state in the form of a republic. The Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy immediately responded and he urged all of the gathered Spaniards to remain calm. After the controversial vote the prime minister said in a tweet that the rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia. The regional parliament of Catalonia held a secret ballot under the eyes of a nervous nation in spite of an opposition walkout, on a resolution that the authorities of the region have no legal power to execute.

The motion was approved with seventy votes in favor, ten votes against and two absentees. This result immediately affected the Spanish shares and it fell like drastically. The opposition MPs of Catalonia refused to even consider the resolution and walked out, this particular day was described as a dark day for democracy. But those who stayed behind, clapped, cheered and embraced before breaking out in the anthem of Catalonia as the tally was announced. Just some time before the vote in Catalonia the prime minister of Spain urged lawmakers to provide him with the power to dismiss the secessionist leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, his deputy and all other regional ministers.

If this is approved, the measures as stated under Article 155 of the constitution which is designed to rein in the rebels among the seventeen regions of Spain would enter into a force on Saturday that would effectively leave Puigdemont and his team out in the cold. On Thursday, Puigdemont had opted not to call elections for a fresh regional parliament which is currently being considered by a number of people to be the only way to prevent Madrid's power grab. Instead, he left it on the regional parliament to decide the consequences of the threatened takeover and thereby leaving the door open for the independence push on Friday. Roughly about the size of Belgium, the semi-autonomous north-eastern region of Catalonia totals for about sixteen percent of the total population of Spain and about one fifth of its total economic output of Spain.

November 23, 2017 - 09:47
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