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
Madrid and the national parties - the centre right ruling Popular Party (PP) and the Socialist Party -which sharply oppose any break-away attempt by any of Spain’s 17 regions, reacted negatively and indignantly to what they describe as an anti-constitutional and illegal decision
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