Catalan begins process to secede from Spain

BARCELONA – Catalonia’s regional parliament officially kicked off an 18-month process towards secession from Spain Monday in its latest showdown with Madrid.

Catalan leader Artur Mas waves to supporters outside the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona, on October 15, 2015

All 72 separatist lawmakers — the majority in the northeastern region’s parliament — voted for a resolution aimed at creating an independent republic by 2017.

Source: AFP

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