Pro-independence parties win Catalan election
Pro-independence parties have won an absolute majority in the Catalonian elections which took place yesterday.
The ‘Together for Yes’ pro-independence group of five parties, the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Democrats of Catalonia (DC) and Left Movement (MES) won 62 seats, an increase of four seats on 2012. The far-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) won ten seats, up seven seats, giving the pro-independence parties 72 seats in the 135 seat Catalonian Parliament.
The other major winner of the day was the Citizens Party (C), which opposes Catalan nationalism; they won 25 seats, an increase of 16 seats. The two nationally affiliated parties, the People’s Party of Catalonia (PPC) and the Socialists’ Party of Catalonia (PSC-PSOE) dropped seats to take 11 (-8) and 16 (-4) respectively.
The ‘Catalonia Yes We Can’, a Catalan self-determination party won 11 seats, a drop of two seats on 2012.
Artur Mas, the Catalonian president said that the parties would now work towards full independence within 18 months. The People’s Party led national government has said that it will fight any such attempts through the courts.