- Separatist parties won 72 out of 135 seats in Catalonia’s legislature, a majority of five.
- However, they only got 48 percent support.
- Regional president Artur Mas nevertheless claimed a mandate to continue the process of breaking away from Spain.
- The far-left and separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) — which otherwise opposes Mas — will be needed for a majority.
- The centrist Ciudadanos won 25 seats, overtaking the Socialists and conservative People’s Party as leaders of the anti-independence opposition.
Catalan Separatists Claim Mandate to Break Away from Spain
Pro-independence parties win a majority of the seats in Catalonia, but not a majority of the votes.
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