Catalan parties file parliament motion to begin independence

Two parties holding a majority of seats in Catalonia’s new regional parliament on Tuesday presented a motion for the chamber to announce the formal start of secession from Spain and the formation of a new republican state of Catalonia. The proposition was presented by the “Together for Yes” pro-independence alliance that won 62 seats in Catalonia’s 135-member parliament in September elections, along with the radical leftist CUP party, which won 10 seats. The parties called for the Barcelona-based parliament to vote on the motion urgently but it is unlikely to have more than symbolic importance as the region has yet to form a new government.



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