September 19, 2014 / 11:55 AM / 5 years ago

Catalan president says will sign decree to call independence vote

Catalonia's President Artur Mas attends a news conference to discuss the results of the Scottish independence referendum at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

MADRID (Reuters) - The president of the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, Artur Mas, said on Friday he would sign a decree law to call a Nov. 9 vote on independence from Spain, in a move vigorously opposed by Madrid.

“I will sign the decree for the consultation in Catalonia, in fact I will call this consultation for Nov. 9 as agreed some months ago with the majority of Catalan political forces,” he said, adding the Scottish ‘no’ vote was not a setback for Catalonia.

Reporting By Sonya Dowsett, Editing by Sarah White

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