Court allows appeal against Catalan autonomy bid
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