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Catalonia's Push for Independence Falls Short of Majority

  • Separatists groups control regional assembly with 48% of vote
  • Rajoy's PP drops to fifth as Ciudadanos draws unionist support
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Catalans 'Back' President's Vision for Independence

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Catalonia’s pro-independence parties fell short of a majority of votes in Sunday’s regional election, denting their attempt to break away from Spain and create a new European state.

The Junts pel Si alliance backed by President Artur Mas and an anti-capitalist party CUP, which also backs independence, had 48 percent of the vote with 96 percent of ballots counted. With separatist parties set to wield a majority in the 135-seat assembly, Mas said the result gave those backing independence a mandate to press ahead with their campaign.