Catalonia Declares Independence from Spain

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 10:20 AM

UPDATE: The Spanish government has fired Catalonia's Cabinet and the parliament will be dissolved. 


The Catalan parliament has officially voted to declare independence from Spain, about four weeks after the region's citizens overwhelmingly voted for independence. Seventy members of parliament voted in favor of independence, 10 against, and two abstained. This legislation would form an independent "Republic of Catalonia." 

After the vote, there was much celebration in the streets, and the members of the Catalan parliament sung the Catalonian anthem, "Els Segadors." 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey called for "tranquility," and said that the rule of law will be restored in the region. 

The Spanish Senate quickly voted to invoke Article 155 of the country's constitution, which imposes direct rule over the region of Catalonia. The Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, is likely to be ousted from power as a result.