Catalan President Artur Mas gestures during a session to give explanations on the procedures for awarding public works at Catalunya's Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Tuesday to use "all political and legal means" to block a Catalan independence bid after separatist parties submitted a bill on secession to the regional Catalan parliament.Tuesday two parties holding the majority of seats in Catalonia's new regional parliament presented a motion for the chamber to announce the formal start of secession from Spain and the formation of a new republican state of Catalonia.The proposition was presented by the "Together for Yes" pro-independence alliance that won 62 seats in Catalonia's 135-member parliament in September elections, along with the radical leftist CUP party, which won 10 seats.Although the pro-independence camp won 72 seats, it got only 48 percent of the popular vote.
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