catalan parliament kicks off secession from spain
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today

Catalan parliament kicks off secession from Spain

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Catalan parliament kicks off secession from Spain

Popular Party (PP) deputies, with their leader Xavier Garcia Albiol (L), display the Spanish and
BARCELONA - Arab today

Lawmakers in Catalonia officially kicked off a process to secede from Spain by 2017 despite impassioned pleas against independence, in an unprecedented showdown with Madrid’s central government.

All 72 pro-independence lawmakers — the majority in the regional parliament — voted for a resolution to secede from the rest of the country, drawing huge applause that drowned out opposition MPs holding Spanish flags.

Catalonia’s independence movement is an increasingly prickly thorn in the side of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who said his government would go to the Constitutional Court to challenge the resolution.

“I will sign a [legal] recourse of unconstitutionality and will ask for … the immediate suspension of this initiative and all its possible effects,” he said in a televised statement shortly after the vote.

The text calls on the regional assembly to start working on legislation within 30 days to create a separate social security system and treasury, with a view to complete independence within 18 months

The resolution has the backing of Catalan president Artur Mas’ Together for Yes coalition and the smaller far-left separatist CUP party.

“With this resolution, we are solemnly kicking off the construction of a state,” Raul Romeva of Together for Yes told regional lawmakers.

“Many people are going to live this day with a lot of emotion.”

But Rajoy has the support of the main opposition Socialists and new, popular centre-right group Ciudadanos.

“I was born in Catalonia and I want to keep living here,” Xavier Garcia Albiol of Rajoy’s ruling Popular Party (PP) said during the debate.

“While you are spending your time and efforts to break up Catalonia from the rest of Spain, 600,000 Catalans go out on the street every day to look for work,” he told pro-independence lawmakers.

“While you are dedicating your time to creating state structures, 1.5 million Catalans live in precarious conditions.”

Catalonia, a region of 7.5 million people with its own language that accounts for a fifth of Spain’s economic output, already enjoys huge autonomy in education, health and policing.

But it demands even greater autonomy, particularly where taxation is concerned, estimating that it gives more to the central government than it receives.

A 2010 decision by Spain’s Constitutional Court to water down a 2006 statute giving the region more powers has added to the growing pressure for secession.

Rajoy said the government’s appeal to the Constitutional Court would be filed on Wednesday after an emergency cabinet meeting.

But those who crafted the declaration had anticipated this, and the resolution states that the secession process will not be subject to any decision made by Spanish institutions, including the court.

The government has also raised the possibility of invoking article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which allows Madrid to supersede the authority of a regional government that is acting outside the law or cut off its funding.

Catalonia tried to hold an official referendum on independence last year, but judges ruled it was against the constitution, arguing that all Spanish people have the right to decide on matters of sovereignty.

The region pressed ahead anyway and held a symbolic vote. Over 80 per cent of the participants (2.3 million) voted in favour of independence.

“A referendum would be the ideal tool but the Spanish government blocked it. We have no other option but unilateral action,” CUP lawmaker Albert Botran told AFP.

While Catalan separatist parties won a majority of seats in the regional parliament in September polls, they failed to win a majority of all votes cast — a fact emphasised by their opponents.

“Everything is unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic, because they lie when they say the majority of Catalans back a decoupling,” said Ciudadanos chief Albert Rivera

source : gulfnews

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

catalan parliament kicks off secession from spain catalan parliament kicks off secession from spain

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

catalan parliament kicks off secession from spain catalan parliament kicks off secession from spain

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 13:38 2018 Thursday ,13 December

Maduro says meeting with Putin most useful in his career

GMT 09:47 2018 Monday ,10 December

Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders

GMT 11:07 2017 Saturday ,18 March

Actor Mohamed Ramadan delays his drama works

GMT 16:15 2017 Sunday ,13 August

Ahmed Fahmy expresses pleasure for success

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 21:47 2017 Monday ,29 May

Eurozone should have parliament, budget

GMT 12:03 2015 Sunday ,29 November

Iran Navy plans to build more advanced

GMT 12:10 2017 Thursday ,23 March

China-backed bank approves 13 new members

GMT 06:52 2017 Monday ,10 April

Qatar Strongly Condemns Mogadishu Blast

GMT 11:54 2016 Friday ,21 October

Asian markets mostly down shaken

GMT 15:05 2017 Thursday ,28 September

Moon village the first stop to Mars

GMT 23:27 2017 Tuesday ,15 August

Pranab Mukherjee is new Indian President

GMT 22:40 2017 Thursday ,08 June

6m Yemenis on verge of starvation
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday