Spain's Constitutional Court suspends bid on referendum in Catalonia

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-08 04:45:20|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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MADRID, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday evening suspended the law on the referendum of Spain's eastern region of Catalonia.

The bid had been passed on Wednesday at the region's parliament in Barcelona and the Spanish government asked the Constitutional Court on Thursday to suspend it along with other measures linked to the referendum, which is planned to be held on Oct., 1.

The Court has also decided to warn the 947 local governments in Catalonia and 62 officials of the regional government of Catalonia as they must not take part in the organization of the referendum.

Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said earlier that there would not be a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia, while Spain's Chief State Prosecutor, Jose Manuel Maza, said Catalan leaders could be charge with disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement.

On Thursday evening the Catalan parliament, where pro-referendum parties have majority of seats, discuss another law that would be implemented in case "Yes" wins on the referendum.

A symbolic poll on independence had been held in 2015 when around 2.2 million people voted and 80 percent of them backed independence.

The Spanish government has always refused to allow a referendum as, according to them, it breaches Spain's constitution.