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Spain asks Constitutional Court to block Catalonia parliament referendum vote

Spain's Deputy Prime Minister blasted the parliament's agreement to vote on the referendum bill with little debate as an "act of force" that is characteristic of "dictatorial regimes".

Published: 06th September 2017 07:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2017 07:30 PM   |  A+A-

A general view during a plenary session at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday. (Photo | AP)

By AFP

MADRID: The Spanish government said on Wednesday it has asked the Constitutional Court to block the Catalan parliament from voting on a bill that lays the groundwork for an independence referendum.

"The Spanish government has asked the Constitutional Court to declare void and without effect the agreements adopted" by the Catalan parliament earlier on Wednesday, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.

She blasted the parliament's agreement to vote on the referendum bill with little debate as an "act of force" that is characteristic of "dictatorial regimes".



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