Catalan pro-independence parties win regional vote

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia won a regional vote, strengthening a drive for a referendum on secession in defiance of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

26th November, 2012
Pro-independence parties won a regional vote in Catalonia

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia won a regional vote, strengthening a drive for a referendum on secession in defiance of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Catalan President Artur Mas, who called early elections to force the debate on independence, won 50 of the 135 seats in the regional assembly for his Convergencia i Unio party, down from 62, with 99 percent of the vote counted.

The separatist Catalan Republican Left, known as the ERC, more than doubled its seats to...

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