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Catalonia: pro-union Ciudadanos biggest winner

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By Euronews
Catalonia: pro-union Ciudadanos biggest winner

<p>Inés Arrimadas, the leader of Catalonia’s Ciudadanos (or Ciutadans, “Citizens”) party, celebrated with supporters in Barcelona as the results of Thursday’s regional election came in.</p> <p>The centre-right anti-independence party was the night’s single biggest winner – taking 37 seats in the region’s snap election.</p> <p>It won’t be enough to put them in government but it will give the party a strong voice in parliament.</p> <p>“We have won the elections for the Catalan Parliament,” Arrimadas told her supporters at a rally after the vote.</p> <p>“For the first time in Catalonia’s history there’s a constitutionalist party winning and it’s Ciudadanos. There are 1.1 million Catalans who voted for us. I just want to say to you a million and a hundred thousand thanks to all of you”.</p> <p>It was a disappointing night for Catalonia’s other anti-independence parties: the Socialist Party of Catalonia, or <span class="caps">PSC</span>, underperformed with 17 seats.</p> <p>The right-wing Catalan People’s Party scraped in with just three seats.</p> <p>But perhaps the biggest loser of the night was Spanish Prime Minister Mariana Rajoy, who called the vote in the hope of dealing a blow to the region’s secessionists.</p> <p>The more than 80 percent of Catalans who turned out to vote had something else in mind.</p>