Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Podemos ('We Can') party leader Pablo Iglesias during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met opposition parties Friday to try to craft a united response to a plan from Catalonia's ruling separatists to launch a process that would lead to full independence from Spain.Pro-independence parties announced Tuesday they would pass a resolution early next month in the regional Catalan parliament calling on the chamber to announce the formal start of secession from Spain and the formation of a new republican state within 18 months.Pro-independence parties won a majority of seats in the 135-seat Catalan parliament for the first time in elections last month.It would also ban alliances with parties that want to "break up Spain".Support for Catalan independence has slipped to 41 percent from 45 percent before the regional election, a poll published in top-selling daily newspaper El Pais showed Friday.
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