Catalonia president to call for independence vote "in the next days"
21 September 2014, 16:30
Madrid - The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Sunday said he would formally call "in the next days" for a vote on independence from Spain which has been scheduled for Nov. 9.
The Catalan parliament passed a law on Friday enabling regional head Artur Mas to call such a vote, though the Spanish government has said it would violate the Spanish constitution and has pledged to block it in the courts.
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"The law ... will be used this week, in the next days, to call for the Nov. 9 vote," Mas said at an event in the Catalan city of Cardona. His remarks were broadcast by Spain's state-owned television.
With its own language and culture, and a long-standing pro-independence movement that has gathered momentum during recent years of economic hardship, Catalonia has sought a referendum on independence similar to the one held in Scotland on Thursday.
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