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Catalan politician says regional gov't to seek alternative to Nov 9 secession vote

  • Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas bites his lips during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas bites his lips during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas speaks during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas speaks during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas speaks during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas speaks during a press conference at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Mas called a press conference amid speculation he will discuss the future of an independence referendum the central government in Madrid says would be illegal. Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look decidedly uncertain as a pro-vote party says Mas told them the poll cannot go ahead. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Plans for the Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 look uncertain as a pro-vote party says regional leader Artur Mas has told them the poll cannot go ahead as planned.

Joan Herrera, head of the leftist party ICV, said Mas told leaders of pro-vote parties at a meeting that ended late Monday that the referendum plan would have to have to be changed.

Mas is to hold a press conference Tuesday morning at which he is expected to confirm that that the vote will not go ahead as planned and to announce alternative plans.

The Spanish gov't has challenged the vote before Spain's Constitutional Court, which suspended its staging while it deliberates on the issue.