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Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence vote

Published on Apr 8, 2014 10:10 AM
President of Catalonia and leader of the Catalan Convergence and Unity party (CiU) Artur Mas casts his ballot at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2014 in a referendum by Barcelona football club partners for the renovation of the club's stadium. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish lawmakers are expected on Tuesday to shoot down Catalonia's bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, despite huge support in the wealthy region for the poll.

Catalonia's president Artur Mas has vowed to go ahead with the referendum on Nov 9 even if Madrid rejects his request for the northeastern region to be granted the power to hold the ballot.

"If they say no, they will say no to a law. But they can't stop the will of the people of Catalonia," he told reporters on Sunday when asked about the looming vote in parliament.

The Catalan government's motion is fiercely opposed by Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party, which holds a majority in the parliament, as well as by the main opposition Socialist Party.

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