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Catalan vote deepens political standoff in Spain

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Barcelona : Separatists in Catalonia on Monday vowed to push on for independence from Spain after winning control of their regional parliament, but the Spanish government promised to keep the country united.

Raul Romeva, the lead candidate in the main pro-independence list, said his Together For Yes alliance along with the radical left-wing group CUP “have a majority which totally legitimises initialising the process” towards declaring independence. He warned that a declaration of independence was inevitable.

“If the state shows no will to negotiate, we will do it anyway, because we have a mandate,” Romeva told AFP. But in Madrid, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would not discuss the ‘end of unity of Spain’. “I am ready to listen and to talk, but not in any way to liquidate the law,” Rajoy said. Catalan nationalist leaders framed yesterday’s election in the wealthy northeast region as a proxy vote on secession after Rajoy refused to allow them to hold an official independence referendum like the one in Scotland in 2014.

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Rajoy argues a referendum would violate the Spanish constitution. His conservative government is seeking to cement the recovery of the eurozone’s fourth-biggest economy from an economic crisis.

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Published on: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 12:37 AM IST
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