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    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a press conference following the results of the regional election in Catalonia at Moncloa palace in Madrid on September 28, 2015

    Spanish Prime Minister Vows to Firmly Defend Country's Unity

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    Earlier in the day, Madrid filed a suit in the country’s constitutional court in regard to the illegitimacy of a resolution passed on Monday by the Parliament of Catalonia to begin the process of seceding from Spain.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Wednesday to firmly defend the country's national sovereignty and prevent Catalonia's secession.

    "I will defend firmly and proportionally the unity of Spain and the rights of all Spaniards…. National sovereignty can not be divided or fragmented," Rajoy said.

    He added that Spanish society backs his commitment to preserve the integrity of the country.

    The secessionist motion in the Catalan parliament was facilitated by the victory of the pro-independence Catalan Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) coalition and their allies from the radical left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) in the regional election in September. The broad-coalition secured 72 seats in the 135-member regional parliament.

    Catalonia has long sought independence from Spain, but the Spanish government has repeatedly and forcefully declined Catalonia’s right to independence.

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