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Pro-Independence Parties Win Absolute Majority in Catalan Election

© REUTERS / Albert GeaCatalan pro-independence supporters hold a giant "estelada" (Catalan separatist flag) during a demonstration called "Via Lliure a la Republica Catalana" (Way of Freedom for the Republic of Catalonia) on the "Diada de Catalunya" (Catalunya's National Day) in Barcelona, Spain, September 11, 2015.
Catalan pro-independence supporters hold a giant estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a demonstration called Via Lliure a la Republica Catalana (Way of Freedom for the Republic of Catalonia) on the Diada de Catalunya (Catalunya's National Day) in Barcelona, Spain, September 11, 2015. - Sputnik International
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With 98,2 percent of votes counted, the pro-independence Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) coalition promoted by Catalan President Artur Mas and his allies from the radical left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy party secured absolute majority in the Catalan parliament.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The pro-independence Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) coalition promoted by Catalan President Artur Mas and his allies from the radical left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party secured absolute majority in the Catalan parliament, according to 98,2 percent of votes counted.

A woman with an Estelada (Catalan pro-independece flag) tied to her wrist waits for casting her ballot for the regional election at a polling station in Badalona on September 27, 2015 - Sputnik International
Spanish Government Says Call for Catalan Independence Failed
The local El Pais newspaper reported that the pro-independence coalition and CUP secured 62 and 10 seats correspondingly in the 135-strong Catalan parliament as the result of the regional election on Sunday.

The center-left Citizens party secured 25 seats, the Socialists' Party of Catalonia took 16 seats. The left-wing coalition Catalonia Yes we Can and the conservative People's Party of Catalonia secured 11 seats each.

Earlier Junts pel Si has pledged to set processes in motion for the autonomous region to separate from Spain within 18 months, should they win a majority.

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