November 9, 2015 7:25 am

Catalonia lawmakers approve plan for secession from Spain

A Catalonian independence supporter wearing a bracelet with the "estelada" or pro independence flag colours, raises her fist during reactions after the vote in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

BARCELONA, Spain – The regional parliament of northeastern Catalonia has approved a plan to set up road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government.

The Barcelona-based chamber passed the motion Monday by 72 votes to 63.

The proposal was tabled by pro-secession lawmakers from the “Together for Yes” alliance and the extreme left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP). The groups together obtained a parliamentary majority in regional elections in September.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has previously vowed to take legal action against the Catalan parliament if it was to approve the secession plan.

Rajoy was scheduled to speak later Monday.

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