Catalan parliament votes to start ‘constituent process’ to split from Spain

Students wear Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) as they block a street during a gathering to protest against the imprisonment of leaders of two of the largest Catalan separatist organisations, Catalan National Assembly's Jordi Sanchez and Omnium's Jordi Cuixart, who were jailed by Spain's high court, in Barcelona, on October 17.(Reuters)
Students wear Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) as they block a street during a gathering to protest against the imprisonment of leaders of two of the largest Catalan separatist organisations, Catalan National Assembly's Jordi Sanchez and Omnium's Jordi Cuixart, who were jailed by Spain's high court, in Barcelona, on October 17.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 27, 2017 06:57 PM IST
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The regional parliament of Catalonia on Friday voted a motion to begin a “constituent process” to split from Spain shortly before beginning a secret vote on whether or not to declare independence from the rest of the country.

Lawmakers from the Socialist Party, the People’s Party (PP) and Ciudadanos left the chamber before the vote in protest, leaving just the pro-independence groups Junts pel Si, CUP and the Podemos-associated Catalunya Si Que Es Pot to cast a ballot.

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