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Spain's Catalonia region votes in fight for statehood

Spain's Catalonia region votes in fight for statehood
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Elections took place on Sunday in Spain’s Catalonia region with turnout believed to be at its highest level since the 1980s.

Polls have indicated that current Catalan President Artur Más, who voted this morning, and his conservative Convergence and Union party would win the election but with around 57 of the 135 seats in the regional assembly, less than its current 62 seats.

The People’s Party was hoping to take second spot in the polls. Their candidate Alicia Sanchez-Camacho has campaigned on a message that leaving Spain and the EU would lead to economic disaster.

More than 5 million people were eligible to vote at the 2718 polling stations and by postal vote.

Polls also showed that two thirds of voters would cast ballots for parties that want Catalan independence.

Frustration over high unemployment and a deep recession have fuelled a seperatist resurgence in Catalonia, where recent surveys have revealed that more than half of residents in the region want to break away from Spain.