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Plan for Catalonian independence stalls

Published 27/11/2012 | 05:00

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Splits between Catalonia's separatist parties are threatening to derail the region's push for independence following an election that forced Artur Mas, the regional president, to seek alliances to govern.

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Voters overwhelmingly supported the path to independence, giving two-thirds of the seats in parliament to separatist-minded parties, but they punished Mr Mas's CIU, which failed to win an absolute majority.

Both the centre-right CIU and the left-wing ERC want a self-rule plebiscite, but there are divisions on almost every other issue. The ERC opposes the austerity cuts the CIU has introduced during its two years in power. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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