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Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain
October 27, 2017 / 1:38 PM / a month ago

Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

BARCELONA (Reuters) - 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.

People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passes the vote of independence from Spain in Barcelona, Spain October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The independence motion was passed in the 135-strong assembly with 70 votes in favor, 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.

Reporting by Sam Edwards; Writing by Julien Toyer; Editing by Paul Day

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