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Catalonia's pro-secession parliament to face confidence vote

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, pro independent demonstrators wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally organized by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), calling pro-independents parties to reach an agreement to form a Government and avoid a new regional elections, in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, pro independent demonstrators wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally organized by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), calling pro-independents parties to reach an agreement to form a Government and avoid a new regional elections, in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, pro independence supporters wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally of "Junts pel Si" or "Together for YES" in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, pro independence supporters wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally of "Junts pel Si" or "Together for YES" in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, pro independence supporters wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally of "Junts pel Si" or "Together for YES" in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, pro independence supporters wave "estelada" or pro independence flags during a rally of "Junts pel Si" or "Together for YES" in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of Spain's Catalonia region has announced that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan.

Carles Puigdemont made the declaration Wednesday after the radical left Popular Unity Candidacy party broke ranks with the "Together for Yes" block formed by pro-independence parties from the rest of political spectrum.

The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn't do enough to support social and pro-secession programs.

It was known as a colorful oddity in Catalan politics until it proved crucial last year for providing the support needed to create a pro-independence majority in Catalonia's 135-seat regional parliament.