Catalonia To Hold Referendum In October On Leaving Spain

President of the Catalan regional government Carles Puigdemont (center) announced a referendum for independence from Spain on Friday in Barcelona.

The Spanish government, however, said the vote will not happen “because it is illegal.” The region held a largely symbolic independence vote in 2014, which passed overwhelmingly, but turnout was low.

(Image credit: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

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