Spain: 'Rajoy revoke Article 155!' — ERC celebrates election results

Secretary General of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) party Marta Rovira demanded that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy revokes Article 155 at a post-election celebration in Barcelona on Thursday. «Mr. Mariano Rajoy, will you please sit at a table of dialogue and negotiation as we have asked you so many times? Will you respect the democratic game? As a democrat you must respect it... Еще,» said Rovira. «Revoke the Article 155, liberate the political prisoners and sit at a table to negotiate, as we've always asked of you to,» she added. A total of 81.94% of the Catalan electorate cast their vote. Ciutadans won the majority of votes, but failed to secure a parliamentary majority, securing 37 parliament seats. Pro-independence Junts per Catalunya and Esquerra Republicana [Republican Left of Catalonia] 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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