Naharnet. Catalonia Parties Seek Independence Vote in November #9N2014

Political parties in Catalonia agreed to call a referendum next year on independence from Spain, the regional president said on Thursday, defying fierce opposition by the national government.

The parties agreed in principle to ask residents on November 9, 2014, whether they think Catalonia should be an independent state, regional leader Artur Mas told reporters.

The Spanish central government has vowed to block any such referendum.

Proud of their Catalan language and culture, but suffering in an economic crisis, many of the 7.5 million people in debt-laden Catalonia say they feel short-changed by the central government which redistributes their taxes.

A grouping of parties led by Mas’s governing CiU alliance agreed to put two questions to voters, asking first: “Do you think that Catalonia should be a State, yes or no?”

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Posted on December 12, 2013, in BY COUNTRY, BY DATE, BY LANGUAGE, BY SOURCE, December 2013, English, Lebanon, Naharnet and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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