Spanish court rejects Catalan independence declaration

'Unconstitutional due to first paragraph'

25 March, 20:31

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 25 - Spain's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that the declaration of independence passed by the Catalan parliament on January 23, 2013, was illegitimate due to the first paragraph, which declares the Catalan people to be a ''sovereign political and juridical subject''. The unanimous decision was made by the court on the first day of debate in a plenary session. According to sources from the judiciary quoted by the media, the court has left open the possibility of constitutional reform that would enact the 'right to decide', since the rest of the declaration - including its reference to a referendum on the political future of Catalonia - in compliance with the law. It thus only partially upheld the appeal over its constitutionality filed by the central government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The declaration of sovereignty passed with 85 votes in favor from the CiU, ERC, ICV, and CUP, while there were 41 votes against from the PSC, PP, and Ciutadans. Two CUP MPs abstained and two members of the PP were absent from the voting. Earlier in the day, the permanent committee of the Catalan parliament voted to ask that the chief justice of the Constitutional Court and two other justices recuse themselves. (ANSAmed).

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