Spain: Pro-independence Quim Torra falls short of majority in first vote

The Catalan Parliament failed to elect a new regional leader by absolute majority, during a first vote in Barcelona on Saturday. Pro-independence candidate Quim Torra of the Junts per Catalunya party received 66 votes in favour of his candidacy, falling two votes short of the 68 votes necessary for his election. During a debate speech, Torra vowed to pursue to remain «loyal to the mandate of... Еще October 1 to build an independent state in the form of a republic.» Torra will have another chance in a second vote on Monday, when only a simple majority is needed to clinch the position. Catalan lawmakers have to elect a new president before May 22 in order to avoid new regional elections being automatically triggered.

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