▲ Up
 
19:47 11-12-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy calls to block Catalonia independence vote
11:34, 04 August 2014, 436

AKIPRESS.COM - Mariano Rajoy Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy repeated his threat to block attempts by leaders of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum in November, Sudan Vision reported.

“The head of the government is obliged to enforce the law, and this referendum is illegal,” Rajoy told a press conference after his talks with the President of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas.

During the talks, Mas told Rajoy that he was “absolutely determined” to hold the referendum.

“I don't know what will happen on November 9. Artur Mas has said that he will not do anything illegal,” the Prime Minister of Spain added.

Rajoy insists a referendum would be illegal under Spain's constitution as it states sovereignty must be held nationally and not regionally. But Mas points to polls that show a large majority of Catalans back his planned vote.

Catalonia, a region of 7.5 million – 16 percent of the Spanish population – has long been an economic powerhouse in a country where just under a quarter of people are unemployed.

A growing number of Catalans resent the redistribution of their taxes to other parts of Spain and believe the region would be better off on its own. Support for independence itself was around 45 percent in April compared with some 20 percent before Mas took office in 2010.


Twitterfacebookprint
LATEST NEWS
18:30 Referendum in Kyrgyzstan declared valid as turnover exceeds required minimum of 30%17:16 Voter turnout in referendum as of 4 PM was 28%17:03 Blast near Cairo Coptic cathedral kills at least 2216:00 Erdogan postpones trip to Kazakhstan over Istanbul terrorist attack15:59 Turkey says Kurdish militants may be behind soccer bombing that killed 3815:10 Voter turnout in referendum as of 1 PM was 13.79%15:00 Atambayev offers condolences to Turkey over bombing, condemns terrorism14:45 Atambayev on disputed territories: "Each centimeter of Kyrgyzstani land is crucial"14:00 Atambayev casts ballot in referendum and local council vote13:30 Atambayev comments on his previous comment on Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan13:00 Atambayev: "Kyrgyzstan would achieve a lot in presidential system during 5 years, but we must not give up on chosen path of parliamentary country"12:22 Atambayev: "So far, we see that SDPK and Respublika parties making to Bishkek city council"12:05 Kyrgyz referendum voter turnout was 3.35% as of 10 AM11:50 "I pray to God we exceed 30% referendum validity threshold," says Atambayev11:01 Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, wounds 16610:30 Kyrgyzstan votes in landmark constitutional referendum17:00 Watch young Nazarbayev being sworn in as president of Kazakhstan for the first time16:47 85 journalists accredited to cover constitutional referendum and local council elections in Kyrgyzstan16:35 Tajik FM meets with Austrian, U.S., Afghanistan colleagues15:26 Kyrgyzstan, Finland discuss cooperation
Astana
-3° C
Ashgabat
+12° C
Bishkek
+1° C
Dushanbe
+2° C
Tashkent
+7° C
Ulaanbaatar
-16° C
exchange rates
 
73.52
69.24
10.03
1.09
355.17
334.31
48.44
5.31
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.70
3.50
0.51
0.06

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75