Spain’s Catalonia to hold regional vote Sept. 27 amid independence drive

January 14, 2015 8:47 PM

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MADRID (Reuters) – The wealthy Spanish region of Catalonia will hold an election for its regional parliament on September 27, a vote the main parties want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence oppposed by Madrid.

The date, announced at a news conference by the head of the northeastern regional government Artur Mas on Wednesday, is a few months before Spain’s general election and reignites the deeply divisive issue of Catalonia’s status within or without Spain.

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