Catalonia calls off independence referendum

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Catalonia calls off independence referendum

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Catalonia’s President Artur Mas is calling off the region’s independence referendum and instead is seeking alternative ways to consult Catalans.

Mas is to announce just what those alternative plans are to be later on Tuesday.

Despite the suspension of the referendum by Spain’s constitutional court , Mas had intended to go ahead with the vote on November 9.

But a recent poll suggests that 45 percent of Catalans want him to abide by the law.

According to Spain’s national ruling party spokesperson Alicia Sánchez Camacho ( PPC), Mas is left with few options:

“Early elections are the last chance left for Artur Mas. But Mas is in the hands of the independence party Esquerra Republicana who don’t want early elections.”

Mas’ political ally Esquerra Republicana is more fiercely set on independence than President Mas and would prefer to delay elections until they can form a more united front against Madrid.

For the past few weeks rallies for and against separation from Spain have been held, reflecting a split in how Catalans see their future.