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Spain urges Catalonia to debate independence in Parliament

AP  |  Madrid 

The Spanish has called on Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to present his proposal for a regional independence referendum before because the issue affects all of and would require a change in the country's constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made the offer Friday in apparent response to complaints by Puigdemont that refuses to discuss his regional government's secession demands.

The says it cannot permit a secession referendum as it is unconstitutional.

Relations between the central and regional governments have soured greatly over the issue.

Puidgemont is to speak on the issue Monday at a private conference in Madrid's town hall that has triggered protests. Catalonia, which represents a fifth of Spain's GDP, insists it will hold the vote in September.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 19:14 IST