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Socialists win Catalan election but pro-independence parties claim majority

Guardian, 15 Feb 2021
Separatist parties have won enough seats in Catalonia's regional parliament to strengthen their majority, although a strong showing for the local branch of Spain's ruling Socialists pointed to a dialogue, rather than breakup, with Madrid ahead. With over 99% of the ballots counted, separatists surpassed the 50% threshold for the first time, winning 50.9% of the vote. The most likely scenario was for the two main separatist parties to extend their coalition government. A low turnout of 53% amid the Covid-19 pandemic, compared to 79% in the previous election in 2017, may have favoured separatist parties, whose supporters are more mobilised.

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