Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

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Fri, 27 Oct 2017 - 01:55 GMT

Spanish government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo makes a statement regarding the situation in Catalonia in Madrid -- REUTERS

Spanish government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo makes a statement regarding the situation in Catalonia in Madrid -- REUTERS

BARCELONA - 27 October 2017:Catalonia's regional parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in a disputed vote that is now likely to be declared illegal by Spain's constitutional court.

The independence motion was passed in the 135-strong assembly with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and 2 blank ballots, the assembly's speaker said.

Lawmakers from the Socialist Party, the People's Party (PP) and Ciudadanos had left the chamber before the vote in protest.

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