Spain’s Catalonia to hold regional vote Sept 27 amid independence drive

Catalan MonitorReuters

Pro-independence citizens hold up giant letters reading "We are ready, Independence" during the final meeting before the 9N consultation, in Barcelona. CREDIT: REUTERS/GUSTAU NACARINO

The wealthy Spanish region of Catalonia will hold an election for its regional parliament on September 27, a vote the main parties want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence opposed by Madrid.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has taken a hard line on secessionist ambitions in the region, which accounts for one fifth of Spain’s economic output.

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