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Spain: Spanish PM visits Catalonia for first time since November 9 independence poll01:50

Spain: Spanish PM visits Catalonia for first time since November 9 independence poll

Spain, Barcelona
November 29, 2014 at 01:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Visiting Catalonia for the first time since the November 9 independence poll on Catalan independence, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addressed an audience at the Gran Marina Eurostars Hotel in Barcelona on Saturday.

Rajoy will not engage with Catalonia's regional government including First Minister of Catalonia Arthur Mas on the visit, but is planning to meet meeting with with his political party Partido Popular (Popular Party) within Catalonia.

While 81 percent of voters backed independence in the November 9 poll, Rajoy has argued that the low turnout of 37 percent proves that most Catalans are opposed to independence from Spain.

Spain: Spanish PM visits Catalonia for first time since November 9 independence poll01:50
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Visiting Catalonia for the first time since the November 9 independence poll on Catalan independence, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addressed an audience at the Gran Marina Eurostars Hotel in Barcelona on Saturday.

Rajoy will not engage with Catalonia's regional government including First Minister of Catalonia Arthur Mas on the visit, but is planning to meet meeting with with his political party Partido Popular (Popular Party) within Catalonia.

While 81 percent of voters backed independence in the November 9 poll, Rajoy has argued that the low turnout of 37 percent proves that most Catalans are opposed to independence from Spain.