Catalonia referendum: 2.2 mn ballots cast vote, 90% favour independence

Catalonia referendum: 2.2 mn ballots cast vote, 90% favour independence”

The Australian dollar fell to its lowest in more than two months after the Reserve Bank of Australia left interest rates unchanged and gave a cautious assessment of the local economy.

The United Nations has called on Spanish authorities to launch a thorough and impartial investigation into the violence perpetrated during Catalonia's independence referendum.

A recent poll commissioned by the Catalan government showed that 41% of people in the region were in favor of a split from Spain but 70% of those surveyed supported Catalans' right to vote on the issue.

"If the results are perceived as a bad outcome for Abe's party, then some investors might view it as the beginning of the end of his 'Abenomics, ' meaning the end of the yen-weakening trend", said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief forex strategist at Mizuho Securities.

"I think I can continue going with the national team because I truly believe there are many people in Spain totally against the events that took place today in Catalonia and that believe in democracy", said Pique. This is an intelligent man - he has an IQ of more than 140 (genius level) - who puts great thought into what he says and does.

The main trade unions, the CCOO and UGT stopped short of declaring a general strike, describing the action instead as a "work stoppage" to skirt labor laws that forbid strikes for political reasons.

"Rajoy's toughness is playing well with his electoral base, which means he has no incentive to backtrack on his strategy", wrote Antonio Barroso, of risk analysis agency Teneo Intelligence.

But the presence of our star performer would have repercussions later in the day. The political ramifications for Mr. Rajoy - who is expected to trigger Article 155 of the Constitution, a never before used section that would enable the centre to take control of the regional government - remain to be seen.

The EU executive's chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas, said: "We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue".

Catalonia has 7.5 million inhabitants and, accounting for roughly 20 per cent of Spain's economic output, is one of its wealthiest regions. Hernando told Spanish national radio that radical separatist politicians "are hoping to provoke deaths in Catalonia".

"Day after day, the Catalan government is pushing the population to the abyss and inciting rebellion in the streets", Juan Ignacio Zoido said, adding that central government will take measures to "stop the acts of harassment".

The Irish government should be to the forefront in defending Catalans right to decide their own future.

He and his team-mates had been forced by the Professional Football League (LFP) to play a game of football while people trying to vote on Catalan independence were being brutally assaulted by police officers sent by the Spanish government to supress a referendum regarded as illegal. "If not, I will not go".

More than 2.2 million people were reported to have voted, with just over 90% of those said to have backed independence.

"Under the Spanish constitution, yesterday's vote in Catalonia was not legal", Schinas added.

Denying both the legality and democratic legitimacy of a referendum on secession, the Spanish government has relied on the courts, including the highly politicized Constitutional Court, to deal with an inherently political matter.

Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, held its second referendum on independence in three years on October 1.

A Spanish break-up will have broad implications for a continent that has spent much of the last decade bouncing from crisis to crisis, but had been having a better year than many U.S. and British pundits had anticipated.

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