|Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sayneth de Santamaria
MADRID, Feb 8 (KUNA) -- The Spanish government described Friday the
declaration of sovereignty, passed by Catalonia parliament, as
In a press conference, the government unveiled plans to challenge the move
before the State's Supreme Constitutional Court.
The central government made it clear that it would not allow cession of any
the autonomous regions.
Catalonia's parliament approved on January 23 a declaration of sovereignty
signaling the start of an uncertain journey towards a referendum on
independence from Spain for the northeastern region.
The resolution - which states that the people of Catalonia have a
democratic right to decide on their sovereignty - was passed with 85 votes
for, 41 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat legislature. Two deputies
were absent and five refused to vote. (end)
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