Catalan separatists win majority in snap elections

Dec 24, 2017, 00:50
Catalan separatists win majority in snap elections

With almost all the votes counted the pro-independence parties Together for Catalonia (JxCat) Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Popular Unity (CUP) were on course to win a total of 70 seats giving them a majority in the new parliament. They and a third party secured a majority in the regional Parliament.

It has also bitterly divided Catalan society between those who support independence and those who favour unity with Spain.

The leader of one separatist party, Oriol Junqueras, was in solitary confinement in a Spanish prison when he was re-elected.

"Forget about the judges and try to do the best for Catalonia and Spain".

"I offer Catalonia this because we care about the people" he said. We are very anxious about Catalonia's social and economic future with a possible pro-independence majority in the Parliament.

But the reality is it's very hard to see how Ms Arrimadas has any realistic chance of forming a government when the numbers are stacked against her - however narrowly.

Dowling said that with the independence vote not reaching over half of the ballots cast, the European Union was not likely to get involved although the bloc will be keen on seeing the Spanish government actively address Catalonia's grievances.

And here is a further layer of complexity, in case this didn't seem complicated enough.

In response to the election results ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is living in exile in Belgium, called for talks outside of Spain with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The revelation comes on the same day that the whole of Catalonia descends on polling stations for an official snap election which could finally bring an end to the independence crisis in the area.

The other question mark is cast over whether or not Spain, which imposed direct rule on the region after the government declared independence, will return the power to the separatist government.

He is the man who would presumably have claimed a share of the victory if unionists here had won and on that basis, his is the defeat.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Amazon Acquires Smart Camera And Video Doorbell Company Blink

    Amazon Acquires Smart Camera And Video Doorbell Company Blink

    What sets the devices apart from most competitors, including Amazon's Cloud Cam , is that they don't come with a power cable. The main difference is that Blink's products work wirelessly, while Amazon's existing options usually need to be plugged in.
    Russian Olympic athletes warned not to dress like flag

    Russian Olympic athletes warned not to dress like flag

    But what if the top was red and white and the trousers blue? It will be Canada's first Olympic luge medal. Russian officials who attend the Games are also required to wear uniform with the "OAR" logo.
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal engagement photos

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal engagement photos

    Markle , 36, wears what Vogue identified as a Ralph & Russo dress, with a black sheer top decorated by embroidered leaf patterns. In another photo, she is casually embracing Harry's face and chose a Victoria Beckham sweater, with Harry in a Burberry coat.
  • Three members of same family killed in Mexico bus crash

    Three members of same family killed in Mexico bus crash

    One of the ship's captains addressed passengers on board, informing travelers of the injuries and fatalities. They put out a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya".
    Season of Big Bash was expanded

    Season of Big Bash was expanded

    Female Rebel BBL starts their season from the 9th f December, which is 10 days earlier from the male season of KFC BBL games. Fans of cricket across the world can see the online stream at the official Australian cricket website, and throw its app.
    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    With plenty of points to be won and lost, the title race is still very much on and Arsenal will be confident of bridging the gap. Defensively, Arsenal have improved since Shkodran Mustafi joined the club in the summer but there is still room for improvement.
  • Mom gives teachers wine bottles with son's face on them

    Mom gives teachers wine bottles with son's face on them

    Instead of the traditional candle or mug, teachers at an OH school are getting wine this holiday season. As an eighth grader, this is Jake's final year. "I guess my teachers deserve it (the wine)", he said.
    Dave Chappelle Has A Message For Trump Voters In New Netflix Special

    Dave Chappelle Has A Message For Trump Voters In New Netflix Special

    Netflix is said to have paid Chappelle a whopping $60 million in total, which would entice us to come out of retirement as well. Dave Chappelle admits to feeling sorry for the " poor white" population who voted for Trump in a new comedy routine.
    Facebook's Facial Recognition Algorithms Have Just Reached a New Level

    Facebook's Facial Recognition Algorithms Have Just Reached a New Level

    Currently, facial recognition features on Facebook are not yet allowed in Canada or Europe, although they are in the United States.
  • This is what Modi gifted Anushka, Virat on their wedding

    This is what Modi gifted Anushka, Virat on their wedding

    Talking about Virat's attire, he wrote, "Virat chose to complement his new bride in a very subtle and elegant manner. Virat thanked the paparazzi for coming while Anushka gestured namaste before leaving for the reception party.
    Was Meghan Markle trolled by royal family member wearing racist jewelry?

    Was Meghan Markle trolled by royal family member wearing racist jewelry?

    The statement pin, set against Princess Michael's snow white coat, depicted a black figure in a gold robe and headdress. I wanted to be a writer. "We've just focused on who we are as a couple".
    Chico Salvation Army hosts toy and food give away

    Chico Salvation Army hosts toy and food give away

    A food donation made by a Farmington man to a local charitable organization will help feed more than 200 people this Christmas. It's a day when we look to those who have given us donations at the kettles and those who sent in a check.
popular