20:20 GMT28 February 2021
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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Commission is tracking a snap parliamentary election in Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia but not authorised to comment on it, a spokesperson for the commission said on Monday.

    "As the European Union, we do not comment on regional elections or some eventual impact that they might have. This is a normal democratic process that we will of course be tracking. In this regard we cannot express any feelings and expectations," the spokesperson said at a briefing.

    On Sunday, Catalonia held the snap parliamentary election despite the tense COVID-19 situation in the region. Three Catalan pro-independence parties won an absolute majority in the regional legislature. The pro-independence Catalan Republican Left is winning 33 seats, Together for Catalonia has 32 seats, while the Popular Unity Candidacy is winning 9 seats. Meanwhile, the Socialists’ Party has garnered 23% support, winning 33 seats in the 135-strong Catalan parliament.

    The turnout was only 53.5 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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