The parliament of Catalonia has voted to declare independence from Spain, paving the way for full separation of the autonomous region from Madrid.

In response the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s parliament in Madrid has approved measures to enact direct rule over the region. He said the draconian move was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia.

The conflict follows the independence referendum in Catalonia at the start of the month in which 90%of voters who took part favoured independence.

A motion declaring independence was approved on Friday with 70 in favour, 10 against, and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber. The measure calls for the transfer of legal powers from Madrid to an independent Catalonian state.


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