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Fri Dec 22, 2017, 08:25 AM

Pro-independence parties win majority in Catalan elections

Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Pro-independence parties won a majority in the Spanish region of Catalonia's parliament after a snap election on Thursday.

No single party gained an outright majority in the election, but three separatist parties won a total of 70 seats, two more than necessary to hold a majority in the 135-seat Parliament.

Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalan whose Together for Catalonia won 34 seats said Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, "received a hit, a blow by the Catalans" after the election.

"The Catalan Republic has won, the Spanish government was defeated," he said. "They lost their coup d'etat."

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/12/22/Pro-independence-parties-win-majority-in-Catalan-elections/7621513915290/

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