Rajoy’s Legal Defenses Breached as Mas Unleashes Voters

November 9, 2014 11:35 PM

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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan to use the Spanish constitution to stop Catalans from voting on independence failed yesterday as regional officials defied the government, the state prosecutor and the nation’s highest court to hold the ballot.

Catalan President Artur Mas took responsibility for the vote and challenged federal authorities to sanction him. Regional police ignored orders from the state prosecutor to identify officials responsible for opening polling sites.

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