Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reacts during a news conference at Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
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Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday halted a push by separatist regional Catalan lawmakers to set a road map toward independence by 2017, acting just hours after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy mounted a legal challenge to the secession bid.After several hours of deliberation, the court accepted a lawsuit filed by the conservative central government against the resolution, which was passed by Catalonia's regional parliament Monday.The regional government of Catalonia immediately vowed to push ahead with its secession process despite the court's ruling.The resolution approved by separatist Catalan lawmakers calls on the regional assembly to start working on legislation within 30 days to create a separate social security system and treasury, with a view to completing independence in 18 months.
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