Catalonia's leader renews call for formal referendum on independence
November 11 , 2014
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.”