Catalan separatist parties appear to be gaining enough votes in Sunday’s election to expand their majority in the Spanish region.
It shows the preliminary count of votes.
With over 60 percent of the vote counted, the separatist parties together stand to get 74 of the 135 seats in Catalonia’s regional parliament.
It writes the news agency AFP.
The same picture emerges from a poll by the Catalan TV3, which was made in the days leading up to the regional election.
It gives the left-wing party Catalonia the Republican Left (ERC) between 36 and 38 seats, while Together for Catalonia (Junts) stands for between 30 and 33 seats.
According to the poll, the smaller separatist party CUP stands to gain seven seats.
Thus, it appears that the two largest of the parties will continue their current coalition government.
The ERC is considered moderate in terms of secession, while the Junts are considered more uncompromising.
The junts are led by former regional president Carles Puigdemont, who now lives in Brussels. He risks imprisonment if he returns home to Spain.
However, the largest party in the election is not one of the three parties that want an independent Catalonia. On the other hand, it is the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz’s Socialist Party that, according to the preliminary count, has received the most votes.
The poll from TV3 also shows that the strongly right-wing party Vox is being elected into Catalonia’s regional parliament for the first time. The party stands to get 6-7 of the 135 seats.
The polling stations closed at 20:00 on Sunday, but no measurements from the polling stations themselves will be published.
Instead, in the days leading up to the election, 8,000 voters have been asked who they will vote for.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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