Global Post. Catalan lawmakers pass resolution on sovereignty. 23.01.2013
Thomson ReutersJanuary 23, 2013 14:00
By Braden Phillips
BARCELONA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Catalonia’s parliament approved on Wednesday a declaration of sovereignty signalling the start of an uncertain journey towards a referendum on independence from Spain for the northeastern region.
The non-binding and largely symbolic 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.
The ruling Convergence and Union (CiU) political alliance and the leftist separatist Republican Left (ERC) party supported the declaration, which they had presented jointly.
A few smaller parties also supported it, after the ERC and CiU softened some wording and eliminated a reference to a “new state”. But it was opposed by the Catalan Socialist Party and the centre-right People’s Party.
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