Catalonia to vote on independence
on 27/09/2012 21:02:51
The Catalonian parliament voted today to hold the referendum after regional elections on November 25.
But deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said such a referendum would be unconstitutional and will be halted.
Catalonia president Artur Mas called early elections and proposed the referendum after Spain recently rejected a demand to grant the region special fiscal powers.
Mr Mas led a massive pro-independence rally in Barcelona this month that was seen as a show of strength and a warning to Madrid.
Catalonia is Spain's most economically powerful region, but also the recession-stricken country's most indebted.