Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

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Catalonia’s parliament voted Friday to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a republic, just as Madri
d is poised to impose direct rule on the semi-autonomous region to stop it in its tracks.

A motion declaring independence was approved with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and two abstentions, with Catalan opposition MPs walking out of the 135-seat chamber before the vote in protest at a declaration unlikely to be given official recognition by Madrid and abroad.