The French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec appears to have elected its first female premier. Leading the separatists, Parti Quebecois, Pauline Marois has claimed victory in a closely fought poll for a new national assembly.
The PQ win marks a significant loss for the Liberals, who have been in power for the last nine years. Long-time premier Jean Charest lost out over a weakening economy and student turmoil over tuition fees.
Newcomers, the Coalition Avenir Quebec, under Francois Legault made significant inroads on the vote considering the party was only formed last year.
If confirmed Pauline Marois has pledged to give Quebec stronger language laws and a referendum on independence.