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Resounding Catalan YES to greater autonomy?

74% of Catalan voters decided in favour yesterday of plans to award them even greater autonomy. Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy has asked for any reforms to be prevented from going ahead, however, claiming that the low overall 50% voter participation means that ‘two out of every three citizens [of Cataluña] have not backed the new statutes’. Spanish President Zapatero claimed that 50% was a standard turn out for this type of referendum and will back the result.

BBC News story
El Mundo (in Spanish)
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