Tuesday 23 January 2018

Catalan independence parties win control of regional parliament

A mannequin wrapped in a
A mannequin wrapped in a "Estelada" flag, a symbol of Catalonian

Separatist parties have won an absolute majority of seats in Catalonia's regional parliament, deepening a standoff with Spain's central government over independence.

The main secessionist group "Junts pel Si" (Together for Yes) won 62 seats in the 135-strong assembly in Spain's wealthy northeastern region, while smaller leftist party CUP won another 10 seats, official results showed.

"Catalans have voted yes to independence," acting Catalan regional government head Artur Mas told supporters after 70.78 percent of the vote was counted.

Both secessionist parties have said that they will unilaterally declare independence within 18 months, something the central government in Madrid says it will block in court because the Spanish constitution does not allow it.

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