Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas gestures during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Catalonia region's president was riding a wave of enthusiasm among independence seekers Monday, a day after a non-binding vote on secession from Spain showed strong though not overwhelming support for breaking away. Mas opted for an unofficial consultation after parliament, where Rajoy's Popular Party has a majority, rejected his call for a referendum and Spain's judiciary concurred. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press)
MADRID – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has dismissed Catalonia's non-binding vote on secession from Spain as a failure and ruled out talks about holding a legal independence ballot.