Catalonia Voters Decide on Push for Independence From Spain

September 27, 2015 3:42 PM

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BARCELONA, Spain — Voters in Spain's Catalonia region cast ballots Sunday to decide if pro-secession parties will get a majority in the regional parliament and a mandate to push for independence or whether they will fall short in an outcome that would probably quell secessionist fervor for years.

Secessionists have long pushed for an independence referendum, but Spain's central government refused to allow it — saying such a vote would be unconstitutional. So the pro-independence parties pitched the vote for regional parliamentary seats as a de facto plebiscite.

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