Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was conducted by the UN.
He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence.
Catalan officials later said 90% of those who voted backed independence in Sunday’s vote. The turnout was 42.3%.
Spain’s constitutional court had banned the vote and hundreds of people were injured as police used force to try to block voting.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote.
More than 2.2 million people were reported to have voted, according to Catalan authorities, out of 5.3 million registered voters. A Catalan spokesman said more than 750,000 votes could not be counted because polling stations were closed and urns were confiscated.
Meanwhile, UN envoy to Africa released lists of African Countries that will benefit from the upcoming referendum planned by the United Nations and set the following conditions to meet before referendum process.