Catalan lawmakers vote to split from Spain amid independence crisis

CNN/Claudia Rebaza & Laura Smith-Spark/10-27-17

Catalonia’s regional Parliament voted overwhelmingly Friday in favor of independence from Spain, taking the country’s political crisis into uncharted territory.

The vote came as the Spanish Senate debated the Madrid government’s unprecedented plans to seize control of the autonomous region in a bid to quash its independence bid.

…Addressing the Senate on Friday, Rajoy said the rule of law had been “stomped on” in Catalonia and warned of a fracturing of society. “Exceptional measures need to be adopted when there are no other ways to go back to normality,” he said.

He proposed sacking the government of Catalonia and calling new elections, under the provisions of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution.

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