By REUTERSNOV. 9, 2015, 6:21 A.M. E.S.T.
nytimes.com | Nov. 9, 2015, 6:21 A.M. E.S.T.
MADRID — Catalonia's regional government on Monday voted in favour of a resolution to split from Spain, launching a so-called roadmap towards independence which the central government in Madrid has vowed to block.
The declaration on secession, the first step which pro-independence parties hope will lead to the northeastern region splitting from Spain within 18 months, was backed by a majority in the regional parliament.
Parties favouring independence from Spain won a majority of seats in the Catalan regional election in September. The Spanish constitution does not allow any region to break away, however, and the centre-right government of Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy, facing a general election in December, has said it will immediately seek to block the resolution in the courts.
(Reporting By Elisabeth O'Leary; editing by Sarah White)
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