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November 09, 2017

Catalan independence declaration annulled by Spain Constitutional Court

Spain Constitutional Court

On November 9, Spain's Constitutional Court declared the Catalan independence declaration to be unconstitutional.

The declaration of independence released on October 27 was nullified, while it studied its legality. The secession vote passed by 70-10 margin in the 135-seat Catalan parliament. In an attempt to take back Catalonia, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, responding to the vote, dissolved Catalan's Parliament and invoked Article 155 on the Spanish Constitution.

On November 8, the court released two decisions. The first annulled the independence declaration, and the second announced Catalonia's transitional law unconstitutional. The court proclaimed that the independence declaration composes of a "serious attack" against Spain and violates democratic ideals "with equal intensity." The court went onto say that the right to autonomy "is not and cannot be confused with sovereignty."

Next month, the new elections are scheduled to replace the ousted regional government.

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