Following a secret ballot, separatist lawmakers in Catalonia have passed a motion to declare independence from Spain. Opposition members boycotted the vote.
The independence motion was passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against, and two blank ballots, the assembly’s speaker announced.
Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged for calm, stating that the rule of law will be restored in Catalonia.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has reacted to Catalonia’s independence declaration: ‘legality will be restored’
The Spanish Senate has approved invoking Constitutional Article 155, imposing direct Madrid rule on Catalonia. The move came minutes after the region’s parliament declared independence from Spain.