Pro-independence parties are expected to again secure an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament, exit polls published by the La Vanguardia newspaper indicates after snap regional elections.
The trio of pro-independence parties: the Together for Catalonia (JxCat), headed by deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont, the Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) are likely to secure between 67 and 71 parliamentary seats collectively, with 68 required for an absolute majority in the 135-seat assembly.
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While the preliminary results signal a likely victory for the secessionists, it shows a great rift among Catalans on the question of independence. The unionist and pro-independence parties are only separated by a couple percent of votes.
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