Artur Mas, head of the Convergence and Union, walks to the stand to deliver a speech at the parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Dec. 21, 2012. Regional parliament deputies in Catalon

 

              Artur Mas, head of the Convergence and Union, walks to the stand to deliver a speech at the parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Dec. 21, 2012. Regional parliament deputies in Catalon
Artur Mas, head of the Convergence and Union, walks to the stand to deliver a speech at the parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Dec. 21, 2012. Regional parliament deputies in Catalonia have voted back into office a president who has promised to stage a hugely controversial referendum on independence from Spain. Artur Mas, head of the Convergence and Union was voted president Friday by 71 deputies in favor and 63 against. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)