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Catalonia will apply referendum law calling for independence declaration: Catalan leader

The Catalan government says more than 90 percent of people who voted in an Oct. 1 referendum voted in favour of independence from Spain. The referendum was declared illegal by Spanish authorities and turnout was only 43 percent.

By: Reuters | Barcelona | Published: October 9, 2017 12:44:17 am
catalonia, spain,  Carles Puigdemont,  catalonia independence, mariano rajoy, catalonia referendum, world news, indian express news Catalan president Carles Puigdemont looks on during a meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Friday. (AP)

Catalonia will apply a referendum law, which calls for a declaration of independence if a referendum shows a majority in favour, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says in a television programme to be broadcast later on Sunday.

“The declaration of independence, that we don’t call a ‘unilateral’ declaration of independence, is foreseen in the referendum law as an application of the results. We will apply what the law says,” Puigdemont says in the programme on Catalonia’s TV3, according to excerpts on the broadcaster’s website.

The Catalan government says more than 90 percent of people who voted in an Oct. 1 referendum voted in favour of independence from Spain. The referendum was declared illegal by Spanish authorities and turnout was only 43 percent.

The Catalan law paving the way for the referendum said the parliament of Catalonia would declare the region’s independence within 48 hours of a “yes” vote being proclaimed by the Catalan electoral office.

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