Catalan Parliament declares independence
27 October 2017 10:21 PM
Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate of the October 1 referendum. "We hereby constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal, democratic, socially-conscious state", reads the declaration. Independence has been declared at 3.25pm with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions.