President of the Catalan regional Government Carles Puigdemont (C) votes during a debate on the government's question of confidence at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on Sept. 29, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO
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Catalonia's pro-independence government won a confidence vote Thursday that it hopes will spur support for its attempts to split from Spain at a time of disarray in national politics.Puigdemont told the Catalan parliament Wednesday that he was willing to discuss the terms of a referendum on independence with Madrid, which has steadfastly opposed it, but that otherwise he would hold one next September regardless.Puigdemont called the confidence vote in July when the anti-capitalist CUP party, which previously had backed the coalition government of separatist parties, shot down a proposed budget for 2017 saying it had been dictated by Spain's central administration.
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