Catalonia separatist leader urges binding independence vote

September 11, 2016 2:59 PM

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Catalonia separatist leader urges binding independence vote

MADRID – The leader of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia has said he plans to propose a government-approved binding independence referendum to secede from Spain by next year.

Catalonia's separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, spoke Saturday at a news conference before celebrations of the Catalan National Day holiday, which separatists have used for years to rally hundreds of thousands in support of a new European nation.

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