by Onize Ohikere & Leigh Jones
Posted 10/27/17, 03:02 pm
UPDATE: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan Parliament Friday evening and called for new elections Dec. 21. Rajoy made the decision after holding a special Cabinet meeting to discuss Catalan lawmakers’ vote earlier in the day to declare independence from Spain. Catalonia held a referendum earlier this month to gauge voter support for an independence move. Ninety percent of Catalonians voted for independence, although only 43 percent of the region’s residents cast ballots. The Spanish government insists the referendum was illegal.