Leaders of the Junts per Catalunya coalition declared victory in jubilant scenes from the party's post-election rally in Barcelona on Thursday. With nearly all the votes counted, the party of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont Junts per Catalunya and other separatist parties look likely to achieve the necessary number of seats to form a coalition. Catalan nationalists will face tough... Еще opposition from Ciutadans, who look set to become the largest party in the next parliament and stand for staying part of the Spanish state as a semi-autonomous region. 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. Tonight's election is expected to determine the course of the secession crisis.