Spain: Barcelonans uncertain what lies ahead as key Catalan election gets underway

Barcelonans from all shared their opinions as Barcelona's biggest voting station, Escola Industrial, opened its doors to early morning voters for the Catalan regional elections on Thursday. Hundreds of people had already lined up outside the polling station, during an Election Day that sees comparable numbers of separatists and unionists. Voters seemed to agree on the unpredictability of the... Еще final outcome, with some criticizing the Spanish government and some wishing for prolonged unity within Spain. Voting stations have opened at 9 am (GMT+1) and are scheduled to close at 8 pm (GMT+1). Catalans are voting for 135 lawmakers in the regional parliament, which has been dominated by pro-independence parties since 2015. The elections are expected to determine the course of a secession crisis that escalated after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. According to opinion polls, either the pro-independence ERC or the centrist, anti-independence Ciudadanos could emerge from Thursday's election as the largest party.

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