PM Rajoy says will fight for Spain unity ahead of Catalan leader vote

Spanish Prime Minister and Popular Party (PP) leader and candidate for the upcoming general election, Mariano Rajoy speaks during a meeting held on the last day of the official electoral campaign, in Madrid on December 18, 2015Spain’s incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday he would fight for his country’s unity as the parliament in Catalonia prepared to vote in a new regional secessionist leader. “The government won’t allow a single act that could harm the unity and sovereignty of Spain,” he said in a live televised appearance in Madrid. At the same time some 600 kilometres (380 miles) away in Barcelona, lawmakers in Catalonia were deep in debate ahead of a vote on whether to approve Carles Puigdemont as regional president.

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