Catalan separatists win election in rebuke to Spain and EU
Turnout on Thursday reached a record high with over 83 percent of eligible Catalans voting. Puigdemont's former deputy, Oriol Junqueras, and several other Catalan politicians are in prison, along with the leaders of the two main separatist grassroots movements.
By: Reuters | Barcelona | Published: December 22, 2017 9:34 am
Nationalist activists march waving Catalan and Spanish flags during a mass rally against Catalonia’s declaration of independence, in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo)
Catalonia’s separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation’s political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union leaders who backed him. With nearly all votes counted, separatist parties won a slim majority in Catalan parliament, a result that promises to prolong political tensions which have damaged Spain’s economy and prompted a business exodus from the region.
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