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Catalonia election: a dramatic day in pictures

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Catalonia election: a dramatic day in pictures

Catalonia election: a dramatic day in pictures
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Catalonian separatists look set to retain power in the northern Spanish region after Thursday's local elections, with three pro-independence parties collectively winning a slim majority in parliament.

However the pro-unity party Ciudadanos emerged as the biggest party, and a popular vote evenly split leaves Catalonia as divided as ever.

The result gave both sides some reasons to celebrate but plunges Spain right back into a political crisis that the government in Madrid hoped would be resolved.

Here in images is a snapshot of a dramatic day at the polls, and night as the results rolled in:

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18-year-old Laura Sancho, voting for the first time in her life, casts Catalonia's former President Carles Puigdemont's proxy vote in Sant Cugat del Valles.

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                         A Ciudadanos supporter waves a Spanish flag at a rally after the election.

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                                       People queue to vote inside a polling station in Barcelona.

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           Carles Puigdemont, the dismissed President of Catalonia, reacts to the results from Brussels.

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Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique casts his vote at a polling station in Sant Just Desvern, near Barcelona

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A man takes a photo of graffiti depicting dismissed Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras who is in detention awaiting trial on charges of sedition, rebellion and misappropriation of funds.

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Catalan Ciudadanos leader Ines Arrimadas reacts at a party rally in Barcelona after results were announced.

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People react to results at a gathering of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) in Barcelona.

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                 Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) General Secretary Marta Rovira votes in Vic.

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                     A man is reflected in a puddle alongside Spanish and Catalan flags in Madrid.