Pro-independence parties win elections in Catalonia, Spain
Catalonia, Spain : “We have won,” Catalan regional President Artus Mas told his cheering supporters late on Sunday. In the Catalonia region of spain, during elections and counting done in regional polls, the Pro-independence parties have won an absolute majority in regional elections, near complete results show.
With more than 90% of the votes counted, the main separatist alliance and a smaller party won 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament.
They said earlier a majority would allow them to declare independence from Spain unilaterally within 18 months.
The central government in Madrid has pledged to block such moves in court.
After a celebration rally, the pro-independence camp’s leaders told media that they would now proceed towards the creation of an independent Catalan state although the road ahead is controversial and anything but clear.
The pro-independence parties said ahead of the vote that they considered it a de facto referendum on independence from Spain.They argue that the Spanish government has consistently refused to allow a legally recognised referendum to take place, ignoring an unofficial vote backing independence in November 2014.
Opinion polls suggest a majority of Catalans favour a referendum on independence but are evenly divided over whether they want to secede.