Catalan leader calls independence vote 'lite'
The Local · 14 Oct 2014, 09:59
Published: 14 Oct 2014 09:59 GMT+02:00
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A relaxing looking Mas made the announcement before journalists outside the Catalan parliament.
"We are going forward. Not as together as a few days ago, but we are going forward," he said, adding the vote would go now ahead "within existing legal frameworks".
He said the Catalan government would hold a vote "with urns" and "with ballots" and with everyone over 16 able to vote. Some 20,000 volunteers would run the election stations, he said.
The questions posed will be the same as those designed for the original poll, the Catalan President added.
He described the non-binding vote as "a giant step towards a definitive consultation".
The results would be known on November 10th, he explained, but they would not be definitive, just as the results of the original planned vote would not have been.
Mas's announcement on Tuesday came after his decision on Monday to call off the non-binding vote originally planned for November 9th amid concerns it would lack sufficient legal standing.
Spain's conservative central government in Madrid had repeatedly said the non-binding referendum was unconstitutional and the country's Constitutional Court had suspended it while it examined whether the vote was legal.
On Tuesday, Mas said political consensus in Catalonia was one of the weakest links in the chain, and that links between pro-independence forces were strained, but had not been broken over the last few days.