Significant regional election victory for Catalan separatistsComments
The independence movement in Catalonia has secured a significant victory in regional elections.
Pro-secession parties in Catalonia win landmark vote http://t.co/R2tEP3X1nupic.twitter.com/4E6IUVpwq1— TIME.com (@TIME) September 28, 2015
The separatist movement claimed 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament.
The pro-independence parties made it clear before the vote that they considered it a referendum on independence from Spain.
The Spanish government has declined a legally recognised independence ballot to take place.
Those opposed to secession gained comfort from the fact that the want away vote failed to hit the 50 percent mark.
Catalonia's president claims independence mandate, saying 48% support is enough http://t.co/J47tguxUMdpic.twitter.com/6M73Q2jkV0— Bloomberg Business (@business) September 28, 2015
Of the 4 million votes cast 1.9 million went to the independence parties.
At the post-election victory party leaders vowed to move towards the creation of a Catalan state.
#BREAKING Separatists win absolute majority of seats in Catalonia according to partial results pic.twitter.com/TqjQIgffNC— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 27, 2015
Madrid says it will launch legal proceedings if Catalonia makes any unilateral moves to break from Spain.