Spain Asks Court to Declare Catalonia Independence Vote Illegal

September 29, 2014 3:30 PM

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Spain Asks Court to Declare Catalonia Independence Vote Illegal

MADRID - Spain's government moved to block a planned independence referendum in its Catalonia region by asking the constitutional court on Monday to declare the vote illegal. The leader of the wealthy northeastern region signed a decree on Saturday calling the vote on Nov. 9 and putting his local government on a collision course with Madrid.

"Neither the object nor the proceedings of the vote are compatible with the Spanish constitution," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said as he announced the legal challenge on television. While it could take years for the constitutional court to rule on the issue, the vote will be effectively suspended ...

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