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Catalonia to have emergency elections because of Spain’s decline to give it sovereignty

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The Spanish region of Catalonia will hold emergency elections on November 25. This was announced by the head of the government of Catalonia Artur Mas during the meeting of the parliament.

Artur Mas explained his decision to hold emergency elections in Catalonia by saying that the proposal to grant Catalonia autonomous status, which would have allowed it to set the level of tax payments to the treasury, was declined during the last week’s meeting of Artur Mas and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, RIA Novosti reports.

“The reason that pushed me to announce emergency elections was the 1.5 million protest demonstration held in Barcelona, as well as the decline of the central government to give us the right to determine the amount of tax we send to our local budget on our own,”- Mas claimed.

According to Spanish politologists, the coming November elections will actually be a referendum on the issue of detaching from Spain.

On September 11, around 1.5 million people participated in a protest demonstration in Barcelona, aimed at supporting Catalonia’s independence from the rest of Spain. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the centre of the city, waving national flags of Catalonia. They demanded independence from Madrid, as well as amendments to the Spanish tax legislation.

“I cannot neglect the opinion of my electorate in exchange for personal wellbeing,”- the head of the government said.

Catalonia is an autonomous community on the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula. The population is 7.5 million people (16% of population of Spain). Last year, Catalonia’s GDP was equal to one-fifth of Spain’s GDP (200 billion EUR). Every year, Catalonia, as a donor region, pays five billion EUR more to the state treasury than it receives back.

Catalonia will have emergency elections for the third time. Previously, emergency elections were held during the political crisis in 1995 and 2006.

The current government of Catalonia was elected on November 29, 2010.

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