Popular Party (PP) leader Xavier Garcia Albiol gestures during a plenary session at the Catalan regional Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
MADRID- 27 October 2017: The Catalan Parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday
The regional parliament of Catalonia on Friday voted a motion to begin a "constituent process" to split from Spain shortly before beginning a secret vote on whether or not to declare independence from the rest of the country.
Lawmakers from the Socialist Party, the People's Party (PP) and Ciudadanos left the chamber before the vote in protest, leaving just the pro-independence groups Junts pel Si, CUP and the Podemos-associated Catalunya Si Que Es Pot to cast a ballot.