Vote em­phatic shout for in­de­pen­dence

Sunday Tasmanian - - World -

FI­NAL re­sults from Cat­alo­nia’s out­lawed in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum show 90 per cent of vot­ers backed the re­gion break­ing away from Spain, the Cata­lan Gov­ern­ment said.

A count from last Sun­day’s vote pub­lished on­line shows 2,044,038 of the 2,286,217 vot­ers wanted in­de­pen­dence, with a turnout of 43 per cent.

The Speaker of Cat­alo­nia’s re­gional par­lia­ment has called a Tues­day even­ing ses­sion where the sep­a­ratist re­gional leader will an­swer ques­tions on the sit­u­a­tion.

Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy re­jected ne­go­ti­a­tions on se­ces­sion.

Spain’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court had sus­pended a Cata­lan par­lia­ment meet­ing set for to­mor­row.

Spain braced for more protests yes­ter­day de­spite signs the sides may be de­fus­ing the cri­sis af­ter Madrid of­fered a first apol­ogy to Cata­lans in­jured by po­lice.

Cata­lan lead­ers had threat­ened to de­clare in­de­pen­dence uni­lat­er­ally.

The Gov­ern­ment said Cat­alo­nia should hold a re­gional elec­tion to set­tle the cri­sis.

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