Catalan President Artur Mas leaves after testifying in court in Barcelona, Spain, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Spanish police Wednesday arrested the treasurer of Catalonia's ruling separatist party on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for public works contracts.The arrest just hours before Artur Mas, head of the regional Catalan government, was to summon a new session of parliament following last month's election in Catalonia.His Together for Yes coalition clinched 62 seats during the September 27 polls, six seats shy of a majority in the 135-seat Catalan parliament.During the campaign, Mas had promised that a victory for separatist parties would mean independence for Catalonia -- a region home to 7.6 million people -- within 18 months.
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