October 26, 2017 / 8:28 PM / a year ago

Catalan government business head resigns over independence strategy

The mayoress of Vic, Anna Erra (3L) and Catalan politician Santi Vila (C) are cheered on arrival to a polling station during the banned independence referendum in the Catalan town of Vic, Spain October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Vincent West

MADRID (Reuters) - The Catalan government’s business head resigned on Thursday, a government source said, after regional president Carles Puigdemont ruled out elections and left the possibility of a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain.

Santi Vila had said he was opposed to such a declaration and La Vanguardia newspaper reported he favored regional elections.

Reporting by Isla Binnie; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Angus Macswan

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