Spain’s constitutional court suspends break-away law

Puigdemont presses ahead in name of Catalan autonomy

12 September, 18:35

    (ANSAmed) - Madrid, September 12 - Spain's constitutional court on Tuesday suspended the law regulating the break-away of the autonomous region of Catalonia in the event of a Yes victory in the referendum on independence on October 1. The law on the "legal transition and foundation of the republic" was approved by the Catalan parliament last week. The decision comes after the same court rejected the referendum call itself and the law that made it possible. However, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said he will press ahead regardless in the name of the new Catalan legality. The law rejected by the constitutional court on Tuesday is set to enter into force on October 2 if the pro-independence front wins the referendum to which the majority of Spanisards are however opposed. It provides a legal framework for the transition leading to the creation of a new independent state. Puigdemont, his ministers and the president of the regional assembly Carme Forcadell have been denounced for disobedience, abuse of power and alleged misappropriation of public funds and could face six years in jail. (ANSAmed).

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