Court suspends Catalan secession resolution


DOHA (Al Jazeera): Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended a resolution passed by Catalonia’s regional assembly that declared the start of a secession process, but the Catalan government has vowed to continue to push ahead with the bid. Spain’s government had filed an appeal with the court with the aim of blocking the independence drive by the regional assembly and preserving Spanish national unity. Wednesday’s acceptance of the appeal means the resolution is immediately suspended while the judges consider legal arguments. The Catalan resolution, which was passed on Monday, had set out a plan to form a Catalan republic within 18 months by starting to set up state institutions such as a tax office.



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