Catalonia's leader renews call for formal referendum on independence

  • Catalonia’s leader Artur Mas has pledged to accelerate steps towards independence after initial results from the non-binding referendum showed that 80% of Catalans are in favor of independence from Spain, according to media reports.

    Describing the unofficial vote as a “lesson in democracy,” Mas said he would urge Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to agree on a binding and formal independence vote for the region.

    He said Catalonia had the right to “decide a new political future.”


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