In a deepening standoff between those who support independence for the wealthy northeastern region and the Spanish central government, Catalan foreign affairs chief Raul Romeva told the BBC that Catalonia's regional parliament would make a decision on independence.
On Thursday, Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the session of the Catalan parliament scheduled for Monday, in which local leaders were expected to declare Catalonia's unilateral independence from Spain following a banned referendum on secession at the weekend.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary and Costas Pitas; Editing by Alistair Smout)
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