Catalonia’s fight for independence from Madrid moved forward when its parliament voted two to one for the region to have a democratic right to decide its future. Spain’s central government is strongly opposed to the breakaway moves by the region in the north east which is one of the richest in the country.

CATALONIA – one of Spain’s richest and most highly-industrialised regions with its own flag and language – has set itself on a path to independence from Madrid.

Its parliament approved a declaration of sovereignty on January 24, 2013, with 85 votes in favour and 41 against in a parliament of 135 seats. Two deputies were absent and five abstained from voting.

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
The non-binding and largely symbolic resolution gives the 7.5 million population in this north east region of Spain the democratic right to decide on their sovereignty – the right to self-determination
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