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Catalonian Parliament aproves a resolution to start the independence of the region
The Catalonian Parliament approved a resolution on Monday in favour of the region independence from Spain within just 18 months. Spain´s central government will challenge the vote in court. 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.
All 72 separatist memebers of the Catalonian Parliament voted on Monday a resolution aimed at creating an independent republic by 2017.
The resolution has the backing of Catalan president Artur Mas´ Together for Yes coalition and the smaller far-left separatist CUP party, which together have a majority in the regional assembly with 72 seats of the 135 seats.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his party (PP) have the backing of the main opposition Socialists and new, popular centre-right group Ciudadanos.
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 in 18 months. The resolution has the backing of Catalan president Artur Mas´ Together for Yes coalition and the smaller far-left separatist CUP party.
The Constitutional Court is expected to rule the law illegal quickly, but the resolution specifically orders the regional government not to heed the decision of Spain´s highest court. It gives the incoming government 30 days to start working on a new Catalan constitution, which would later be voted on in a referendum, and begin establishing a new tax office and social security administration.