BARCELONA (Sputnik) — Catalonia's independence from Spain is a priority, Catalan President Artur Mas said Monday.
"Seventy-two Catalan deputies can lead Catalonia to independence. We will use a road map, which will lead us to the Catalan state. This is our priority," Mas said at the press conference.
According to Mas, the victory gives the parties a clear mandate to form an independent state of Catalonia.
Catalonia has long sought independence from Spain, accusing Madrid of constraining its economic and cultural autonomy.
Madrid has repeatedly said that Catalonia’s separation from Spain is against the country’s constitution.