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Spain government should block Catalonia vote in court: State Council

Spain's Council of State on Thursday unanimously backed a move for the government to try to block a planned "consultation of citizens" on independence in the region of Catalonia on Nov. 9, a spokeswoman for the consultative body said.

The northeastern region earlier this month abandoned plans for a referendum on that day after it was blocked in the courts by the central government, and said instead it would hold a vote open to anyone who wants to cast their ballot.

The Council of State now wants the government to ask the Constitutional Court to declare this new vote illegal.

[Source: Reuters, Madrid, 30Oct14]

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