Spain's Rajoy appeals for dialogue after Catalan vote

November 8, 2014 2:11 PM

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Spain's Rajoy appeals for dialogue after Catalan vote

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday called for renewed dialogue and a "return to sanity" in Catalonia as the region prepares to hold a symbolic vote on independence that is strongly opposed by the central government.

Catalonia will stage an informal referendum on Sunday to try to gauge backing for a breakaway from Spain. Volunteers and campaigners set up polling stations in anticipation of a high turnout from pro-independence supporters.

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