Catalonia held non-binding vote on independence

Nov 10, 2014 14:20 IST

The people of Catalonia held non-binding vote on independence on 9 November 2014. According to the preliminary results released by the regional government of Catalonia on 10 November 2014, the result has shown an overwhelming secessionist victory, with 80.7 percent of votes cast in favor of independence.
The results were based on 88 percent of votes counted. Voters were asked two questions - whether they wanted Catalonia to be a state and whether they wanted that state to be independent.
Just over 10% voted yes for the first question and no for the second and about 4.5% voted no to both questions.
The refrendum is also known as the Catalan independence referendum, the vote has been rebranded as a participation process by the Government of Catalonia.
However, the Spanish judiciary has ruled the vote unconstitutional and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the vote would have no effect.

Background
On 19 September 2014, the Catalan parliament approved a call for a referendum on independence.
Subsequently, according to the decree signed by the Catalan President Artur Mas on 27 September 2014, the vote was to be held on 9 November 2014.
However, on the same day the Spanish government announced that that it would block the effort by appealing to the Spanish Constitutional Court. The Spanish Constitutional Court decided to hear the Spanish government case on 29 September 2014, which provisionally suspended the vote.

The Catalan Government subsequently announced the temporary suspension of the referendum campaign.
On 14 October, the Catalan President proposes a process of citizen participation as an alternative for the original referendum. The Spanish government announced that it would block the effort by appealing to the Spanish Constitutional Court, which decided to hear the Spanish government case on 4 November 2014, which provisionally suspended the vote.
The Catalan Government announced they would push forward with the vote, in defiance of the Constitutional Court of Spain.

 

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Who: non-binding vote on independence

Where: Catalonia

What: held

When: 9 November 2014

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