Court allows appeal against Catalan autonomy bid

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28 September 2006, MADRID — Spain's constitutional court said on Thursday it would hear an appeal against the Catalan autonomy bid.

28 September 2006

MADRID — Spain's constitutional court said on Thursday it would hear an appeal against the Catalan autonomy bid.

The conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) claims the so-called autonomy statute is unconstitutional.

Earlier this year, Catalonia voted in favour of greater autonomy from the central government in Madrid.

In a controversial move, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero struck a deal with regional Catalan parties, granting a milked-down version of the autonomy bid which they had pushed for.

The socialist government was voted in in March 2004 on a pledge to grant more autonomy to Catalonia.

Their government does not have a majority so depends in parliament for the support of some of the Catalan regional parties.

But the PP claims the move was unconstitutional and wants to launch a legal appeal against.

Zapatero said after hearing the court's decision it was 'logical'.

It is likely to be the start of a long legal battle between the PP and Catalan nationalists.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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