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No Homage from Catalonia: province votes to separate from Spain

Posted by Charles II on September 27, 2015

Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian:

Separatists took control of Catalonia’s regional government in an election result that could plunge Spain into one of its deepest political crises of recent years, by forcing Madrid to confront an openly secessionist government at the helm of one of its wealthiest regions.

A record-breaking number of Catalans cast their vote in Sunday’s election, billed as a de facto referendum on independence. With more than 98% of the votes counted, the nationalist coalition Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes) were projected to win 62 seats, while far-left pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy, known in Spain as CUP, were set to gain 10 seats, meaning an alliance of the two parties could give secessionists an absolute majority in the region’s 135-seat parliament.

The PP [conservative ruling party] emerged as one of the election’s biggest losers, said Emilio Sáenz-Francés, a professor of history and international relations at Madrid’s Comillas Pontifical University.

Many Catalans opposed to independence instead turned to centre-right Ciutadans, the regional arm of Ciudadanos

This does not immediately lead to secession. But it’s a strong anti-austerity vote and may presage a tidal wave in the national elections.

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