Spain: 'Bad news for Catalonia' — Barcelona reacts to regional elections results

Barcelona residents reacted to the results of the Catalan regional elections in Barcelona on Friday. One resident argued that «the rise of Ciutadans is bad news for Catalonia because it represents the victory of the most liberal right-wing and economically more exclusionary party.» According to another resident, the victory of Ciutadans shows a large polarisation of the Spanish society. He... Еще said, «The Catalan and Spanish right wing, who are PP [People's Party] and Citizens [Party of the Citizenry/Ciutadans], which is the new right, have polarised the society. On the other hand, we have the Catalan left who has also polarised the society, because they have just focused on a pro-independence speech while forgetting about the human rights and all that is important.» A total of 81.94 percent of the Catalan electorate cast their vote. The pro-unity Ciutadans won the majority of votes, but failed to secure a parliament majority, securing 37 parliament seats. Pro-independence Junts per Catalunya and Esquerra Republicana secured 34 and 32 respectively, which is sufficient to form a ruling coalition. Regional elections were called by the Spanish government after it brought Catalonia under direct rule by triggering Article 155 of the constitution. This move was in response to a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament based on the results of the disputed independence referendum of October 1.

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