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Spain constitutional court annuls Catalan independence declaration

Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday declared the Catalan independence declaration to be unconstitutional.

The court initially nullified the October 27 declaration of independence while it studied its legality. The secession vote passed by 70-10 margin in the 135-seat Catalan parliament.

In response to the vote, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy responded by dissolving Catalan's Parliament and invoking Article 155 on the Spanish Constitution in an attempt to take back Catalonia.

on Wednesday, the court released two decisions. The first annulled the independence declaration, and the second declared Catalonia's transitional law unconstitutional.

The court announced that the independence declaration constitutes 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 can not be confused with sovereignty."

New elections are scheduled for next month to replace the ousted regional government.

(Published by Jurist - November 8, 2017)

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