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Madrid lost, separatist parties in Calatonia have majority

Staff Writer | December 22, 2017
Voters in Catalonia have delivered a blow to Madrid by backing pro-independence parties in regional elections.
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Spain   The three separatist parties together took 70 seats
Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont celebrated the results from Brussels where he's been in self-imposed exile since Spanish authorities announced they were seeking his arrest.

With more than 99% of the vote counted, no single party gained an outright majority but the three separatist parties together took 70 seats. They needed 68 to keep their grip on the 135-seat Parliament.

To govern the pro-independence parties will need to join in a coalition. Such a scenario pushes the Madrid-Barcelona relationship back to where this all began three months ago, with a provocative separatist government in Barcelona rattling Madrid.

The anti-independence Ciutadans (Citizens) did win the most seats of any party, but not enough to form a majority government.