Organisers of Catalonia’s informal vote on independence have declared it a great success after 80 percent supported the idea.
Around one third of Catalan voters took part in the non-binding poll which Madrid has dismissed as an act of propaganda.
The region’s government chief Artur Mas said a formal referendum must follow:
“We will have to use this tool, elections, to try to hold this kind of referendum and to know how broad the majority for independence in Catalonia is.”
The ballot comes after two years of tension between the central and regional governments exacerbated by a legal block against a more formal referendum.
Nationalism in the wealthy region has been fueled by the fact it contributes more to Spain’s economy than its gets back and has its own language and culture.