Spain: Pro-independence Junts per Catalunya declares election victory

Leaders of the Junts per Catalunya coalition declared victory at the party's post-election rally in Barcelona on Thursday. The attendees at the rally were in a jubilant mood, praising it as a victory for democracy in the region, as well as chanting 'President Puigdemont' and 'independence.' A total of 81.94% of the Catalan electorate cast their vote. Pro-unity Ciutadans won the majority of... Еще 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, reports say. 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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