With more than 78% of the votes counted in the Catalan regional elections on Thursday, Ciudadanos [Citizens] stand to win with 35 seats, one more than Junts per Catalunya (JxCat). Esquerra Republicana per Catalunya (ERC) trail in third with 32 seats. A turnout of some 81 per cent has been reported, which would be a historic high. The results point to a victory for Catalonia's secessionist... Еще parties. 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.